2013 Council Primary

    The City of San Bernardino Charter and Municipal Code sets elections in the City of San Bernardino.  The City holds primaries, and if no one receives a majority in the primary, holds a general election.  The next primary election for the Mayor of San Bernardino, First Ward Council Member, Second Ward Council Member, and Fourth Ward Council Member will be held on November 5, 2013.

    According to the City Clerk’s website, nominations open on Monday July 15, 2013 and close on August 9, 2013. However, if an incumbent does not file within the nomination period, the filing period is extended five days to August 14, 2013.  While City Hall will be closed on August 9, 2013, the City Clerk’s Office will be open.  Last minute filers should call the Clerk’s office for an appointment, presumably before August 9th.

    Mayor Patrick Morris has announced he is not running for reelection, so we may not know until August 14, 2013 the full mayoral field, unless he changes his mind.  Because the nominations have not officially opened, no one is officially running for Mayor, though I believe that some may have filed FPPC Form 501s.  Mayoral candidates need 20-30 signatures of registered voters city-wide, each person running for Council will need the same number, except registered in their respective ward.

    The filing fee for Mayor is $1,788, $12 for Council, which is two percent of the first year’s salary for each office.  In lieu of that filing fee, the candidate can submit a petition containing four registered voters for each dollar of the filing fee.  That is 7,152 signatures for Mayor (city-wide), and 48 for Council members (in their ward).  The first day to circulate the petition is May 31, 2013, 45 days before the nomination period ends.  Once again, City Hall is closed, the Clerk’s Office will be open, make an appointment.

    The last day to file a petition in lieu of the filing fee is July 25, 2013, 15 days before the close of the nomination period.

    The qualifications for Mayor of the City of San Bernardino are to be a qualified elector and resident of the City for at least 30 consecutive days prior to filing nomination papers.  You must be 30 years old.  (The requirements are found in Charter section 50).  Council members have to be a qualified elector and resident of their ward for at least  30 consecutive days before filing nomination papers.  (The requirements for the 1st, 2nd and 4th Wards are in Charter section 13.)