2020 City Election Campaigning Starts in Earnest Today, As Nominating Period Opens and Candidates Can Pull Papers

Published : Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 6:13 AM

Pasadena's March 3, 2020 elections are expected to draw a larger voter turnout since it will coincide with the Presidential Primary. Pictured above is the 2018 turnout in Pasadena which saw large numbers of voters stand in line for hours, voting even as darkness fell. Images via Twitter from @JaimeRLevy and @janellezara

Here’s everything you should know about the nominating process for City Council, the Pasadena Unified School District, Pasadena City College and the Mayor’s race.

The official nomination period opens today, Tuesday, Nov. 12, and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. During this time, nomination papers for qualified candidates seeking local city offices will be available in the Office of the City Clerk, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Room S228.

Candidates may receive and circulate nomination petitions to gather signatures of registered voters in order to place their names on the March 3 ballot.

Two identical candidate workshops will be hosted today by the City Clerk at Pasadena City Hall.

The first workshop will be held at 8 a.m. in Council Chambers, Room S249. The second workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Conference Room, Room S038 on the basement level.

In the City Council, districts 1, 2, 4, 6 and the Mayorship are being contested. Respectively, incumbents Tyron Hampton, Gene Masuda, Steve Madison, and Mayor Terry Tornek have indicated they will run again. District 2 Councilwoman Margaret McAustin has announced she will not seek reelection.

Felicia Williams is attempting to win the District 2 seat, Charlotte Bland and Joe Baghdadlian are vying to unseat Masuda in District 4 and Ryan Bell and Tamerlin Godley hope to wrest control from Steve Madison.

No one has announced intentions to run against Hampton in District 1.

In the Mayoral race, District 5 Councilman Victor Gordo has announced his intentions to run against Tornek. Former City Commissioner Jason Hardin and newcomer Major Williams are also running.

No candidate has been able to unseat an incumbent in the council or mayoral contest in modern times.

Any candidate receiving a majority of the total votes cast (50%+1) for a specified office in the Primary Nominating Election shall be declared elected. Failing to receive a majority vote, the two persons receiving the highest number of votes in the Primary Nominating Election for each office shall be the only candidates for that office in the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election.

That means the race could continue for a whopping nine months if there is a runoff.

The Pasadena Unified School District will for the first time decide the winner of local elections based on a plurality system.

This year, Seats 2, 4 and 6 are up for reelection. Those seats are held by Roy Boulghourjian, Patrick Cahalan and Lawrence Torres.

Pasadena Area Community College Trustee Areas 2, 4 and 6 will also be voted on, on March 3, 2020.

Besides the filing deadlines, there are other keydates in the election season

1/06/20 – 2/17/20: Filing period for write-in candidates

1/23/20: First Pre-Election Campaign Statement due for the period 1/1/20 -1/18/20.

1/31/20: Semi-Annual Campaign Statement due for the period 7/1/19 – 12/31/19 if filing obligations were incurred during this period.

2/03/20 – 2/25/20: Voters may request vote by mail ballots. February 3, 2020 is the first day vote by mail ballots may be issued by the County. Voters may request vote by mail ballots through February 25, 2020.

2/21/20 – 3/03/20: Vote Center Voting (in-person) will be available at designated locations weekdays and weekends at any Vote Center located in the County of Los Angeles beginning Friday, February 21, 2020 and continuing through Election Day, March 3, 2020.

2/18/20: Last day to register to vote. Same day voter registration is available at any Vote Center location in the County of Los Angeles.

2/20/20: Second Pre-Election Campaign Statement due for the period 1/19/20 – 2/15/20.

2/25/20: Last day applications for vote by mail ballots may be received by the County Registrar of Voters. (Elections Code 3001)

3/03/20: ELECTION DAY – Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

4/06/20: Primary Nominating Election results declared to the City Council.

11/03/20: Run off elections

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