November 3, 2020 Election

The City of San Rafael has changed the way that City Councilmembers are elected by adopting Ordinance 1956. Previously, all five Councilmembers, including the Mayor, were elected at-large, meaning that all registered voters who reside in San Rafael had the opportunity to vote for all five City Council positions. Under the new district-based election system, four Councilmembers will be elected by district: Councilmembers will be required to live in the district they represent and will be elected only by the registered voters of that district. The Mayor will continue to be elected at-large. To learn more about why we moved to district-based elections, check out our District Elections page!

Additionally, San Rafael City Schools has changed the way Board of Education members are elected. Previously, Board members were elected "at-large," where each member is elected by voters throughout the District’s territory. Under the new system, the Board members will be elected by-trustee-area; they will be required to live in the area they represent and will be elected only by the registered voters of that area. The new system will be in effect for the November 3, 2020 Election. To learn more about why they moved to trustee area-based elections, check out their website.

The seats presented to the voters at the November 3, 2020 election will be:

  1. At-large Election of one (1) Mayor for the full term of four years;
  2. District Election of one (1) District 1 City Councilmember for the full term of four years;
  3. District Election of one (1) District 4 City Councilmember for the full term of four years;
  4. At-large Election of one (1) City Attorney (part-time) for the full term of four years;
  5. At-large Election of one (1) City Clerk and Assessor for the full term of four years;
  6. Area Election of one (1) Trustee Area 1 member of the Board of Education for the full term of four years;
  7. Area Election of one (1) Trustee Area 3 member of the Board of Education for the full term of four years;
  8. Area Election of one (1) Trustee Area 5 member of the Board of Education for the full term of four years;
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