2020 Municipal Election Information

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General Municipal Election Details

The next General Municipal Election in Redwood City will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Under Redwood City’s new district elections system, voters will only elect one Council Member for the City Council based on the district in which they are registered to vote. City Council seats in districts 1, 3, 4, and 7 will be up for election in November 2020. Voters in districts 2, 5, and 6 will not be voting to elect a Council Member during this election.

The following seats are held by the Councilmembers whose current at-large terms will end in November 2020.

  • District 1: Vacant
  • District 3: Janet Borgens
  • District 4: Vacant
  • District 7: Alicia Aguirre

The following Councilmembers were elected in November 2018 and their current at-large terms will end in November 2022.

  • District 2: Giselle Hale
  • District 5: Diane Howard
  • District 6: Diana Reddy

To find out what council district you reside in, use the interactive map.

For more information about district elections in Redwood City, visit the District Elections webpage.

This election will be consolidated with the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election. For more information about all the contests that will appear on the November 2020 ballot, visit the Official Election Site for the County of San Mateo.

Contact and Questions

For Municipal Election questions, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (650) 780-7220 or by email at paguilar@redwoodcity.org.

For City related information, please contact the City Manager's Office at (650) 780-7000 or by email at mail@redwoodcity.org

Local Campaign Contribution Limits and Voluntary Expenditure Limits

Preserving integrity and openness in the political process is a matter of highest public interest. The people of the City of Redwood City can be better served through a more informed electorate and the trust of the people is essential to representative government. Regulation of campaign contributions is necessary to promote public confidence in government and to protect the integrity of the electoral process.

In February 2020, the City Council adopted an ordinance placing mandatory limits on campaign contributions to City Council candidates and set voluntary overall expenditure limits on campaigns. The ordinance is designed to allow City Council candidates and incumbent City Council Members to spend less of their time on fundraising, and more of their time communicating on issues of importance to voters and constituents. View the ordinance here

Contribution Limits

For any particular election, including a recall election, no individual or organization shall make, and no candidate, candidate committee, treasurer, or other person acting on behalf of a candidate committee shall solicit or accept from any individual or organization, any contribution that will cause the total amount contributed by such individual or organization to exceed $1,000 (Section 2.153(A)). The contribution limit is not applicable to personal funds, as specified.

Enforcement of Campaign Contribution Limits

Any person who knowingly or willfully violates the campaign contribution limit (Section 2.153) in the ordinance is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be subject to prosecution within four (4) years of the date on which the violation occurred. Any contribution or portion thereof that exceeds the campaign contribution limit shall be returned to the contributor within 72 hours of receipt.

In addition to other penalties provided by law, a fine of $1,000 for each violation of the campaign contribution limit may be imposed. If evidence of a violation is presented to the City Clerk, the City Clerk shall send written notice to the candidate or committee of the alleged violation and request its correction within three (3) business days of the date on the written notice. If no correction is made within the allotted time, the candidate or committee shall cease and desist all contributions, expenditures, and campaign communications, and pay the fine set forth by the ordinance to the City’s General Fund.

Voluntary Expenditure Limits

Prior to filing nomination papers,

As outlined in the ordinance, City Council candidates may spend $2.25 per resident in the district they are running (Section 2.154(E)). The table below represents the dollar amounts each candidate who is complying with voluntary expenditure limits may spend on their campaign for each district in November 2020.

   District 1 District 3 District 4 District 7

 

Population based on
2010 Census

11,359 10,858 11,102 11,021

 

 $2.25/resident
(rate per ordinance)

$25,557.75 $24,430.50 $24,979.50  $24,797.25 

Candidates who agree to limit campaign expenditures in accordance with the ordinance, and who comply with all aspects of the ordinance, will be allowed to submit a candidate statement to appear on the City’s election page, in addition to the statement that will appear in the County Voter Guide. Campaign statements will appear on the website in the form submitted by the candidate without editing, proofreading, or spell checking by the City Clerk. The opinions and statements set forth are those of the candidates to whom they are attributed and do not reflect the City’s official positions on issues addressed in the statements. In addition, the candidate's statement is not a City endorsement of any candidate's candidacy, and the information is submitted to the voters by the City as a service to assist voters and for informational purposes only.

Enforcement of Voluntary Expenditure Limits

Candidates who agree to limit campaign contributions and expenditures but subsequently violate the ordinance shall, within seventy-two (72) hours of the City’s knowledge of the violation:

  1. Have notice of the violation forwarded to a newspaper of general circulation for publication
  2. Have notice of the violation posted on the City’s website
  3. Have notice of the violation posted at a reasonably accessible location at City Hall
  4. Result in the removal of the 400-word written candidate statement from the City’s website, unless a fee is paid in which case the statement will then be relocated below statements from candidates that agree to voluntary expenditure limits, in accordance with Section 2.154(D)

To report a suspected violation, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 650-780-7220 or by email at paguilar@redwoodcity.org.