Candidate Nomination and Election Information

 

Notification That Filing Period for Non-Incumbents for the Office of Ojai City Council Member, the City of Ojai, has Been Extended to Wednesday, August 15, 2018 At 5:00 P.M.

The filing period for non-incumbents for the office of City Council Member in the City of Ojai has been extended, the City Clerk Department announced today at 5:00 p.m. Interested residents must file nomination papers for the General Municipal Election by the new deadline, August 15, 2018, during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

The filing period was extended beyond the initial August 10, 2018, deadline because one or more incumbent City Council Members failed to file nomination papers. The filing period for incumbents is now closed.

Any Ojai resident age 18 or older who is registered to vote, eligible to take the oath of office, and unless otherwise specifically provided, qualified to vote for the office, can file nomination papers. To file, visit the City Clerk Department at Ojai City Hall, 401 S. Ventura Street, Ojai, CA 93023. For more information, contact the City Clerk Department at (805) 646-5581 x120.

The General Municipal Election is Nov. 6, 2018. For information on the election or to register to vote online, visit http://ojaicity.org/election-information/, or contact the City Clerk Department at (805) 646-5581 x120.

Gail Davis, Deputy City Clerk

gdavis@ojaicity.org

(805) 646-5581 x120

 

 

 

 

A General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Ojai, California on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, for the following Officers and Measures:

Two offices, a total of four (4) seats, will be voted on:

For Mayor (Full term of (two) years)

For (3) Members of the City Council (Full term of four years)

To qualify to run for these seats, potential candidates must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of the City of Ojai and a registered voter within the City of Ojai. Persons meeting these qualifications may take out nominations papers through the City Clerk Department at Ojai City Hall and have until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, to file their completed nomination papers at the City Clerk Department.

If an incumbent does not file by close of business on the last day of the nomination period (August 10, 2018), the nomination period is extended for five calendar days, to August 15, 2018 for non-incumbents only. (Per California Election Code Section 10225.)

Two measures will also be voted on:

Measure J: Shall the voters repeal Measure A and return to five elected City Council members and a Mayor selected from among the five elected City Council members?

Measure K: Shall the elected Mayor’s term of office, if retained, be changed from two years to four years?

Members of the public who wish to run for office or to submit arguments for or against the measures should contact the City Clerk Department by telephone at (805) 646-5581 ext. 120 or via e-mail at cityclerk@ojaicity.org. An impartial analysis of each ballot measure is available to the public in the City Clerk Department. Deadline for filing arguments for or against each measure is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2 2018. 

Election Calendar Available

The City of Ojai contracts with the County of Ventura for election services. To view the County of Ventura’s Election Calendar for the November 6, 2018 Gubernatorial General Election, please click here.

Please see the Notice of Election on this page for more information.

 

Notice of Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Ojai, California on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, for the following Officers and Measures:

For Mayor (Full term of (two) years)

For (3) Members of the City Council (Full term of four years)

Measures to be voted on:

Shall the voters repeal Measure A and return to five elected City Council members and a Mayor selected from among the five elected City Council members? YES
NO
Shall the elected Mayor’s term of office, if retained, be changed from two years to four years? YES
NO

The nomination period for these offices begins on July 16, 2018 and closes on August 10, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

If nomination papers for an incumbent officer of the city are not filed by August 10, 2018 (the 88th day before the election) the voters shall have until the 83rd day before the election, August 15, 2018, to nominate candidates other than the person(s) who are the incumbents on the 88th day before the election, for that incumbent’s elective office. This extension is not applicable where there is no incumbent eligible to be elected.

If no one or only one person is nominated for an elective office, appointment to the elective office may be made as prescribed by § 10229, Elections Code of the State of California.

The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 3, Division 9 of the Elections Code of the State of California,  any individual voter or bona fide association of citizens, or any combination of voters and associations, may file a written argument, not to exceed 300 words in length, accompanied by the printed name(s) and signature(s) of the author(s) submitting it, or if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization, and the printed name and signature of at least one of its principal officers who is the author of the argument, for or against the City measure(s).

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that, based upon the time reasonably necessary to prepare and print the arguments and Voter Information Guide for the election, the City Clerk has fixed August 2, 2018, during normal office hours, as posted, as the date after which no arguments for or against the City measures may be submitted to the clerk for printing and distribution to the voters as provided in the Article 4. Arguments shall be submitted to the City Clerk, accompanied by the printed name(s) and signature(s) of the author(s) submitting it, or if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization, and the printed name and signature of at least one of its principal officers who is the author of the argument, at Ojai City Hall, 401 S. Ventura Street in Ojai, California. Arguments may be changed or withdrawn until and including the date fixed by the City Clerk.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the city council had determined that rebuttal arguments, not to exceed 250 words in length, as submitted by the authors of the opposing direct arguments, or other persons authorized by the authors of the opposing direct arguments, may be filed with the clerk, accompanied by the printed name(s) and signature(s) of the author(s) submitting it, or if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization, and the printed name and signature of at least one of its principal officers who is the author of the argument, not more than 10 days after the final date for filing direct arguments. A rebuttal argument may not be signed by more than five authors.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any ordinance, impartial analysis, or direct argument filed under the authority of the elections code will be available for public examination in the clerk’s office for not less than 10 calendar days from the deadline for the filing of the arguments and analyses. Any rebuttal argument filed under the authority of the elections code will be available for public examination in the clerk’s office for not less than 10 calendar days from the deadline for filing rebuttal arguments.

Any members of the public with questions about the above notice are invited to contact the City Clerk at (805) 646-5581 x120 or cityclerk@ojaicity.org.

Signed, Gail Davis, Deputy City Clerk

Dated: July 9, 2018

November 6th 2018 General Municipal Election

The Mayor and three of the four City Council seats are up for re-election this year.  You can click here for the up to date list of who has pulled papers, filed papers, and been qualified to run for the available seats.  The deadline for candidates filing papers is August 10, at 5 pm.  In the event that an incumbent does not file papers by the August 10 deadline there will be a 5 day extension granted for anyone who wishes to file, except for the incumbent.

Regular elections for all municipalities in California are held every even year (such as 2018 and 2020). The City of Ojai has a publicly elected five-member City Council, including the Mayor, that serves as the legislative body for the City of Ojai.  The Mayor is elected to a two-year term while the other four Council members are each elected to four-year terms.  The terms of the Council members are staggered so that two Council members and the Mayor are up for re-election in each regular election.

Additionally, if needed, special elections may be called to fill an unexpected mid-term vacancy on the Council.  All 10 cities in Ventura County, including Ojai, contract with the Ventura County Elections Division to conduct all elections.  The Ventura County Elections Division also administers voter registration and outreach programs; maintains the master voter file, master office and incumbent file, and master street index. It also processes Vote By Mail ballot requests and voted ballots; performs the layout and proofing of all sample ballot, official ballot, and voter information materials; establishes precinct boundaries and polling place locations; recruits and trains precinct workers; maintains, tests and distributes voting equipment to all polling places; tabulates all voted ballots, and conducts the official election canvass.  

Below is a video explaining the role of Ventura County Election Division in all Ventura County municipal elections.

Ojai City Hall
401 S. Ventura Street
Ojai, CA 93023

(805) 646-5581

Open:
Monday through Friday
8 am to 5:30 pm

Ojai City Council meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.