NOVEMBER 4, 2014 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION INFORMATION
The following information is provided as an overview of the election process for a seat on the City Council of the City of Chino Hills. Elections are consolidated with the statewide general election which is held on the first Tuesday, following the first Monday in November of even numbered years. Terms are staggered so that three seats are available during one election cycle and two seats are available during the next cycle. If you would like additional information or are interested in running for election, please contact the City Clerk’s Department at (909) 364-2624.
Please note that the information listed below does not include regulations regarding Campaign Finance and Disclosure Filings. For information on raising and spending money in connection with an election, please go to the Fair Political Practices Commission website located at www.fppc.ca.gov.
3 City Council Member Seats Eligible incumbents: Ed Graham
The term of office is four years.
Eligibility for Office
In order to run for the office of Member of the City Council an individual must:
1. Reside in the City of Chino Hills
2. Be a registered voter in the City of Chino Hills both at the time nomination papers are issued and at the time of assuming office.
The nomination period begins on Monday, July 14, 2014, and ends on Friday, August 8, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. If an incumbent who is eligible to run does not file, the deadline will be extended to Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. for any person other than the eligible incumbent.
The nomination process includes a Nomination Paper that must be officially issued by the City Clerk during the nomination period. To be nominated to the office of Member of the City Council, a candidate must obtain not less than 20, nor more than 30 valid signatures of registered voters residing in the City, on the Nomination Paper. The completed Nomination Paper must be returned to the City Clerk no later than August 8, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
Statement of Economic Interests
Candidates for Member of the City Council must complete and submit to the City Clerk a Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests. The candidate must disclose investments and interests in real property held on the date of filing, and income received during the 12 months prior to the date of filing. The Form 700 must be filed with the Nomination Paper no later than August 8, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
Each candidate is allowed, but not required, to prepare a statement, up to 200 words, on a form provided by the City Clerk, to be included with the sample ballot and mailed to each registered voter. The cost to include a Candidate Statement on the ballot is determined by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters Office. The Statement must be returned to the City Clerk at the same time as the Nomination Paper and the Form 700 no later than August 8, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. A Candidate Statement may not be changed after it is filed, but it may be withdrawn up until 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014.
Candidates Ballot Designation
Each candidate may designate a profession, occupation or vocation on a Ballot Designation Worksheet provided by the City Clerk. The designation will appear on the ballot with the candidate’s name and will be included in the sample ballot which is mailed to voters. No more than three words may be used to designate either the current principal profession, vocation or occupation of the candidate, or the principal profession, vocation or occupation of the candidate during the calendar year immediately preceding the filing of the nomination documents. The Worksheet must be filed at the same time as the filing of the Nomination Paper, no later than August 8, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
Political signs are allowed within the City of Chino Hills. They may be placed on privately owned residential or commercial property, with the owner's permission, up to 45 days prior to an election and must be removed within 10 days following the election. Prior to the placement of political signs within the City, a permit and a deposit of $250 are required. The deposit shall only be used if the City is required to remove a sign that is in violation of the City's Code. For complete information regarding political signs, please see Chino Hills Municipal Code Chapter 12.48. An application packet may be downloaded by clicking on http://www.chinohills.org/DocumentCenter/View/7636