As a result of State law (SB 415), cities were required to change local elections to even-year statewide elections to lower costs by consolidating elections and increase voter turnout. As our local elections in San Rafael have been in odd years, this change has impacted the term lengths of current elected officials. Mayor Phillips, Councilmember McCullough and Councilmember Gamblin's term was extended an additional year to November 3, 2020. Two City Council seats up for election at the general municipal election scheduled on November 7, 2017 were each for a term of five years, ending upon certification of the November 8, 2022 election results. The terms of the City Clerk and City Attorney, which were scheduled to end in 2019, were automatically extended for an additional year, ending upon certification of the November 3, 2020 election results.
The next general municipal election will be held on November 3, 2020. General municipal election will occur in even-numbered years, and the terms of all officials elected on or after that date will be four years.