The City of Carlsbad will hold a special election March 3, 2020, to fill the District 1 City Council vacancy created by the resignation of Council Member Barbara Hamilton, whose term expires in November 2022.
District 1 residents interested in running for City Council are encouraged to set up an appointment with the Office of the City Clerk at 760-434-2808 to get the needed forms and other helpful information.
Key election dates
Nomination period begins
Nomination papers may be requested through the Office of the City Clerk, 760-434-2808.
Nomination period ends
All candidates must file nomination papers and candidates’ statements of qualifications with the Office of the City Clerk no later than 5 p.m.
Call 760-434-2917 to make an appointment to submit these documents
Random alphabet drawing
The California Secretary of State will hold a random alphabet drawing, which the City Clerk will use to determine the order of the candidates’ names on the ballot
First pre-election campaign statements due
For the period: Jan. 1 – Jan. 18, 2020
Semi-annual campaign statements due For the period: July 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2019
First day vote by mail ballots are available
First day of early voting at the Registrar of Voters office
First day campaign signs are allowed on public property
The City Council District 1 seat is currently vacant and will be filled during the March 3, 2020, election.
Under Carlsbad's Municipal Code, a vacancy can be filled three ways: The City Council may appoint someone or call a special election. If the City Council votes to appoint, voters may force a special election by petition.
On Oct. 22 the City Council voted to fill the vacancy by appointment. On Oct. 30 voters in District 1 submitted a petition calling for a special election. The County of San Diego Registrar of Voters certified the petition Nov. 4, and the City Council approved the necessary resolutions to call for the election during a special meeting Nov. 8. The City Council had the option of continuing with the appointment process to fill the seat on an interim basis, but voted to halt the process at the same meeting.