We interrupt the regularly scheduled republishing of campaign and officeholder press releases to provide some slightly original content at the core of this site’s mission, whatever that may be.

    In addition to the 2013 San Bernardino Mayoral Election primary to be held on November 5, 2013, the City Charter of the City of San Bernardino has this to say about elections to the Common Council:

    Section 13. Officers Elected. There shall be elected at the general
    election in 1998, and every fourth year thereafter three members of the Common
    Council, one each from the First, Second and Fourth Wards, who shall have been
    qualified electors and residents of their respective wards for a period of at least
    thirty (30) consecutive days next preceding the date of filing of their nomination
    papers for the office and who shall be elected by the qualified electors of their
    respective wards for terms of four years commencing on the first Monday in March
    next succeeding their elections.

    1998?  That would mean the elections for First, Second, and Fourth Wards should have been held in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and then 2014.  History shows that it was in 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009 and now in 2013.  For guidance, we turn to Section 10.

    Section 10. Primary and General Election. A primary election shall be
    held in said City on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of each odd
    numbered year, for the nomination of candidates to be elected at the ensuing
    general election, and a general election shall be held in said City on the first
    Tuesday in May of each odd numbered year, for the election of City officers.
    Beginning with the primary election in 1995, and thereafter a primary election shall
    be held in said City on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in each
    odd numbered year for the nomination of candidates to be elected at the ensuing
    general election, and a general election shall be held in said City on the first
    Tuesday in February of the following even numbered year for the election of City
    Officers. Said election shall be conducted in the manner provided for by general
    law; provided, however, that the Mayor and Common Council shall have power, by
    ordinance, to provide for the manner of holding such election.

    Well, then.  The elections in 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013 were are are primaries.  If someone wins a majority in the primary:

    Section 10-A. Election to Office. Any candidate for any City office who at
    a primary election shall receive votes on a majority of all the ballots cast for
    candidates for the office for which such candidates seek nomination, shall be
    elected to such office. Where two or more candidates are to be elected to a given
    office and a greater number of candidates receive a majority than the number to be
    elected, those candidates shall be elected who secure the highest votes of those
    receiving such majority, and equal in number to the number to be elected. Any
    officer elected shall hold office until his or her successor is elected and qualifies.

    Therefore, the answer to the question of “when are the elections for San Bernardino Council?” is the First Ward, Second Ward, and Fourth Ward Council elections are on November 5, 2013.  However, these are primaries, if there are three or more candidates, and no candidate receives a majority, the general election is held in February 2014.

    Leave a Reply