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Category: District Elections

San Rafael Welcomes First Female Mayor, New Councilmembers, and More in a Historic Night of “Firsts”

Monday night’s San Rafael City Council meeting was a historic evening as Kate Colin, “Mayor Kate,” was sworn in as the City’s first female Mayor (since the City was chartered in 1874!). Mayor Kate was the 4th woman elected to the San Rafael City Council, Councilmember Maribeth Bushey was the 5th, and then Monday night Councilmembers Maika Llorens Gulati and Rachel Kertz joined them. Councilmembers Llorens Gulati (District 1/South) and Kertz (District 4/North) are the first to represent … Continued

Run for Office in San Rafael: Candidate Applications Open July 13 – August 7

Have you been interested in running for office but you didn’t know where to start? Well the City of San Rafael and San Rafael City Schools have open Offices up for election in the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election. The open offices include: Mayor (at-large)  Councilmember, District 1 Councilmember, District 4 City Attorney (Part-time) City Clerk and Assessor  … Continued

Transition from At-Large to Disrict-Based Elections – April 16, 2018

The City of San Rafael is changing the way that our City Councilmembers are elected. This past January, the City Council made a decision to switch to district elections by 2020. After holding several public hearings and receiving feedback from the community, the City’s demographers published several draft maps, each depicting potential district boundaries and … Continued

District-Based Elections Transition

The City of San Rafael is changing the way that our City Councilmembers are elected. This past January, the City Council made a decision to switch to district elections by 2020. After holding several public hearings and receiving feedback from the community, the City’s demographers published several draft maps, each depicting potential district boundaries and their election sequences. … Continued

Transition from At-Large Elections to District-Based Elections – March 19, 2018

The City of San Rafael is changing the way that our City Councilmembers are elected. This past January, the City Council made a decision to switch to district elections by 2020. After holding several public hearings and receiving feedback from the community, the City’s demographers published eleven draft maps, each depicting potential district boundaries and … Continued

San Rafael Transition from At-Large Elections to District-Based Elections

On Tuesday evening, the City Council will make a decision on whether or not to transition to District-Based Elections. The main three options for the City Council to consider include immediately transitioning to district-based elections, transitioning for the 2022 general election after using the results from the 2020 census to draw districts, or to maintain … Continued

Transition from At-Large Elections to District-Based Elections

On Monday, December 18, the City Council will make a decision on whether or not to transition to District-Based Elections. The main three options for the City Council to consider include immediately transitioning to district-based elections, transitioning for the 2022 general election after using the results from the 2020 census to draw districts, or to … Continued

District Elections Discussion

Last week, the City received a letter from a Malibu-based attorney challenging San Rafael’s at-large election structure based on an alleged history of “racially polarized voting.” Following a study session on November 20, the City Council will continue the conversation about district-based elections and the City’s options on how to proceed. The topic is planned to be … Continued

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