Election Information

Union City has Transitioned to District-Based Councilmember Elections 

After extensive public outreach, five (5) public hearings and review of submitted maps from members of the public, the City Council adopted  Ordinance No. 862-19 , transitioning from at-large elections to District-Based Councilmember Elections Pursuant to Elections Code Section 10010, and adopting District Map 105b2.   The first district election will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at which time voters in District 1 will elect a Councilmember.  The election for the Mayoral seat will also be held Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  The Mayor is elected at-large by all voters in the City.   

Map 105b2

Interactive map (select 105b2)

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 the District 1 City Council seat will be up for election.  

The Mayor is elected at-large and City Council members are elected by district, to 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