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

Third Public Hearing: At the public hearing held on August 13, Council took public comments and deliberated on maps submitted by the given deadline and posting date of August 2 (posted below).  Council direction was to move forward with Map 105 and Map 107.  Council requested modifications to Map 105.  

Union City 2019 Draft Redistricting Maps to be Presented on August 13, 2019

Interactive Review Map

Public Participation is Still Welcomed

The public is still  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.

In order to be considered at the Public Hearing of September 9, maps are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 29.

Future Public Hearings:

•       September 9, 2019Fourth Public Hearing: The selected district maps (Map 105, Map 105 with modifications, and Map 107), as well as any timely submitted maps, 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