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 5, 2024, where the seats for the Office of Mayor and City Council District 1 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, residing in the District for which they are seeking election, at the time nomination papers are issued (Elections Code 201) and provide verification to the City Clerk upon request. 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