The following information is provided as an overview of the election process for a seat on the Chino Hills City Council. 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. There are no term limits for City Council Members. The Mayor is selected from the membership of the City Council, routinely at the second meeting in November of each year, effective December 1st, to preside at Council Meetings and to act as the ceremonial head of the City. The Vice Mayor is also chosen at that time and acts in the absence of the Mayor. If you would like additional information or are interested in running for election, please contact the City Clerk at (909) 364-2624.
For complete election information, visit the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters
New By-District Voting
The City of Chino Hills has changed how Council Members are elected and switched from an at-large election system to a district-based election system. Voters only vote for the City Council position up for election in their specified district.
Find Your District
Residents can look up their district by using an interactive map online. Please follow these directions:
Why Did the Election System Change?
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) sent a letter to the City in August of 2016 which asserted that the City was in violation of the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 because the Latino vote was diluted, and Latino voters were prevented from electing candidates of their choice. MALDEF demanded that the City convert to a district-based election system. Cities throughout California and the United States have faced similar challenges and elections for many public agencies are changing from at-large elections to by-district elections.
A significant public process was undertaken in 2017 to provide information to the community, and to provide opportunities for public input regarding district boundaries. The City’s consultant developed four maps, and residents presented four maps, which were all reviewed at public meetings. The City Council selected a preferred map and the districts were set by Ordinance No. 312, which was passed and adopted at a regular meeting of the Chino Hills City Council on July 11, 2017. When the results of the 2020 Census provide new demographic data, the community will be required to review the district boundaries again.
The Office of the City Clerk
The City Clerk is the local election official and coordinates with the County of San Bernardino in the conduct of municipal elections. Duties of the elections official include: Prepare necessary resolutions calling for general and special municipal elections, Coordinate the candidate nomination process, Receipt and process of initiative, referendum, and recall petitions, and Declare election results.