Election Information

Union City is Transitioning to District-Based Councilmember Elections

On April 23, 2019 The City Council adopted Resolution No. 5472-19, declaring its intent to transition from at-large elections to District-Based Councilmember Elections Pursuant to Elections Code Section 10010.  The City currently has an at-large election system, which means that voters across the City can participate in the selection of all four City Council seats and the Mayor’s seat. Read the City's statement on the Transition to By-District Councilmember elections here.

On May 28, 2019 City Council provided direction on the proposed schedule for Transition from At-Large Elections to District-Based Councilmember Elections.  The proposed public hearing dates were approved by Council but remain tentative and could change.  Public Outreach events may also be added to the schedule.  

Public Hearings Held:

June 25, 2019 –   Public Hearing Notice (English)     Public Hearing Notice (Spanish)

At the meeting of June 25, 2019 Council held a public hearing to receive a report from National Demographics Corporation and invite public comment.  Click here to read the report and access video of the presentation.  

The public is welcome to participate in the process by drawing district lines and submitting their proposed district maps for the City using the map available here.   When you've completed your map, please return to the City Clerk, Anna Brown, via email or by dropping the map off at City Hall. Hard copies are available at the City Clerk's counter in City Hall.  

View the interactive map to zoom in on Population Unit borders and see the individual Census Blocks.

Future Public Hearings:

•       July 9, 2019Second Public Hearing: The City will again receive public input on the composition of district maps before draft district maps are drawn.

•       August 13, 2019Third Public Hearing: Draft district maps will be available for review on the City’s website and at City Hall seven days prior to the Public Hearing. Following the Public Hearing the City Council may select the preferred map and direct staff to return with the map for a final public hearing and introduction of an ordinance establishing the district election map.

•       September 9, 2019Fourth Public Hearing: The selected district map will be made available for review on the City’s website and at City Hall seven days prior to the Public Hearing. The City Council will introduce the ordinance establishing the district election map.

•       September 24, 2019Fifth Public Hearing: The City Council will adopt an ordinance transitioning to by-district election system and establishing the district election map.

General Information about Union City's Elections and City Council

The City Clerk is responsible for administering municipal elections in accordance with California Elections Law. We hold our general municipal election in November of even-numbered years.  Union City's next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, where the Mayoral seat and one City Council seat will be up for election.  

The Mayor and City Council members are elected at-large and serve a 4-year term.  A term limit of 3 full consecutive terms is applicable for both the Mayor and Council members per Union City Municipal Code Section 2.07.020.

The City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month and receive compensation in the amount set by Union City Municipal Code Section 2.04.400.  In addition to regularly scheduled Council meetings, Council members will generally spend time reviewing material in preparation for the meetings, attend additional meetings as required, and may be required to travel.

To be eligible to run for City Council, a person must be a registered voter in the City of Union City at the time nomination papers are issued (Elections Code 201) and provide verification to the City Clerk.  Nomination papers are issued between 113 and 88 days prior to the election (E -113-88).  In order to qualify as a registered voter in Union City you must be:

  • A U.S. Citizen
  • A resident of Union City
  • At least 18 years of age on the date of the next election
  • Not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction

Chronology of Elections

For more information on how to run for City Council, you can reach out to the City Clerk at 510.675.5448 or by email at annab@unioncity.org