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.  Public hearing dates were approved by Council but remain tentative and could change.  

Public Hearings Held:

June 25, 2019 Staff Report & Video

July 9, 2019  Staff Report

August 13, 2019 Staff Report & Video

September 9, 2019   Staff Report

September 24, 2019 Staff Report & Video

Future Actions

•       October 8, 2019 –  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