The General Election is just a few months away. The filing period for three seats on the Yucaipa City Council and four seats on Calimesa City Council began Monday, July 13.

Yucaipa Council

The Yucaipa City Council is comprised of five council members with each sharing equal voting powers on all items coming before the council.  Council members are elected by-district to four-year terms, with elections held in November of even-numbered years. The council meets annually to choose one of its members as Mayor and another of its members as Mayor Pro Tem.

The candidate filing period for the office of Yucaipa City Council for District 3, currently held by Bobby Duncan; District 4, currently held by Denise Allen; and District 5, currently held by Dick Riddell;  opened on  July 13 and closes on Aug. 7, at 10 a.m.  As of July 15, Riddell pulled candidate paper. Allen is the only candidate who said she will not seek re-election.

During this period of time, eligible citizens may request and file candidate filing documents to run for local office. Download the Candidate Filing Guide at yucaipa.org/wp-content/uploads/gen_svcs/election/2020/11032020Web.pdf to obtain key dates and timelines, qualifications for office, the candidate filing process, campaign finance laws, and campaign rules. Email candidates@yucaipa.org to request candidate filing forms to begin the candidate filing process or pick up the candidate filing forms in person at Yucaipa City Hall during the filing period.

Calimesa Council

Also beginning Monday, July 13, any residents interested in running for one of four Calimesa City Council seats that will be decided in the general election in November could pull candidate papers.

Three of the at-large seats are for four-year terms that are currently held by Mayor Bill Davis, Mayor Pro Tem Linda Molina and Councilman Ed Clark.

The fourth seat is for the remaining two years of the late Councilman Jim Hyatt’s term. Hyatt passed away unexpectedly in April 2019 and Jeff Cervantez, who narrowly lost his council seat bid just four months earlier, was appointed to fill the seat until the next election. That will be the Nov. 3 general election.

Calimesa’s city council seats are at-large, meaning those elected represent the entire city and therefore the seats are open to all residents. In contrast, neighboring Yucaipa elects its councilmembers by district, meaning candidates represent specific areas in the city and must live in the district where they are running for election.

Davis, Molina and Clark, all confirmed they will pull papers to run for re-election.

“I am pulling papers,” Molina said.

“Yes, I am planning on running for re-election,” said Clark, who also serves as commander of the city’s Citizens on Patrol unit.

Those interested in running for a Calimesa City Council seat have until close of business on Thursday, Aug. 6, to file their papers with local elections official Darlene Gerdes at Calimesa City Hall, 908 Park Ave., which is closed on Fridays.

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