On November 8, 2022, the offices of District 2 Council Member, District 4 Council Member, and District 5 Council Member are up for election. Any member of the public who meets the requirements below may run for public office in the City of Citrus Heights.
- Be at lease eighteen years of age
- Be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of California
- Be a registered voter and a resident within the District the candidate seeks to represent. Voter registration will be verified before issuance of the official nomination petition.
Nomination and Qualification
The nomination period opens on July 18, 2022 and closes on August 12, 2022. This is the time period where interested individuals must qualify to become City Council candidates. If an incumbent, within the respective District, does not file by the deadline, the Nomination Period is extended to Wednesday, August 17, 2022. The nomination petition is filed with the City Clerk by appointment only.
During the nomination period you are required to:
- Obtain at least 20, no more than 30, signatures from Citrus Heights registered voters within your District nominating you for City Council
- Candidate's Statement of Qualifications Form
- Code of Fair Campaign Practices (optional)
- Form 700, Statement of Economic Interests
- Form 501, Candidate Intention Statement
Filing a Candidate's Statement of Qualifications to be printed in the sample ballot is optional. Candidates who choose to file a statement must bear the actual cost of printing and distribution.
The Registrar of Voters will estimate the cost, and the candidate will pay the estimated cost at the time of filing nomination papers. Statements are limited to 200 words (Elections Code §13307).
Eligibility requirements to run for City Council
- Be Registered To Vote in Citrus Heights
A person must be 18 years of age and a citizen of the State of California. Must be a registered voter in the District for which they are running in Citrus Heights at the time nomination papers are issued. Unless otherwise specifically provided, no person is eligible to be elected or appointed to an elective office unless that person is a registered voter and otherwise qualified to vote for that office at the time that nomination papers are issued to the person or at the time of the person’s appointment.
- Have No Felony Convictions
A person is disqualified from holding any office upon conviction of designated crimes as specified in the Constitution and laws of the state.
|July 18 - August 12, 2022
||FILING PERIOD FOR NOMINATION PAPERS AND CANDIDATES STATEMENTS
|August 12, 2022
||LAST DAY TO FILE NOMINATION PAPERS - Note that Candidate Statements and Nomination Papers are Confidential until Close of Nomination Period
|August 17, 2022
||Last Day to File Nomination Papers if Extended Period Applies - Extended Filing Period ONLY if Incumbent Fails to File
|August 18, 2022
||Secretary of State to Determine Order of Names on Ballot
|September 12 - October 25, 2022
||Filing Period for Write-In Candidates
|September 29, 2022
||Candidates: Last Day to File Campaign Expenditure Statements - 1st Pre-Election Statement (7/1/22-9/24/22)
|October 10, 2022
||Vote-by-Mail ballots are mailed to all voters
|October 24 2022
||Last Day to Register to Vote
|October 25, 2022
||Last Day to File for Write-In Candidate
|October 27, 2022
||Candidates: Last Day to File Campaign Expenditure Statements - 2nd Pre-Election Statement (9/25/22 - 10/22/22)
|November 8, 2022
||City to Declare Election Results and Install Newly Elected Council Members
|Within 30 Days of Assuming Office
||File Statement of Economic Interests
|January 31, 2023
||Candidates: Last Day to File Campaign Expenditure Statements - Semiannual Statement (10/23/2022 - 12/31/2022)
Campaign finance is governed by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) of the State of California. All candidates for state and local office and any committee formed to support or oppose a candidate or ballot measure are required to file campaign disclosure statements.
The FPPC has manuals that walk you through the process. Candidates for City Council should review Manual 2: Information for Local Candidates. It is the responsibility of the candidate and/or committee to file the required campaign disclosure statements in a timely manner. If you have any questions please consult the FPPC's campaign disclosure manuals or ask the FPPC for advice.
Additionally, candidates running for local office are required to file Form 700 - Statement of Economic Interests. Investments, interests in real property, and business positions held on the date of filing your declaration of candidacy must be reported.
Political Signs and Posters
The City of Citrus Heights would like to provide you with a set of guidelines for the placement of your campaign signs. These guidelines are intended to establish a common understanding for all candidates and their committees on the appropriate placement of campaign signs. Should you or your committee chair have any questions regarding these guidelines, please contact the City Clerk’s office, (916) 725-2448.
A political sign is any poster, flyer, placard, or similar object that urges the election or defeat of any political candidate or ballot measure. It does not include any billboards owned or maintained by a commercial company. Signs may be placed no sooner than 90 days before the Election Day. In addition, signs must be removed within 10 days after the election.
Political Signs are not allowed on public property or in public rights-of-way and will be removed.
Political signs are allowed without a sign permit, provided that they comply with Zoning Code Section 106.38.050 (General Requirements for All Signs), and the signs:
1. Are installed with the property owner’s consent;
2. Do not exceed a maximum cumulative area of 50 square feet on any lot, do not exceed a maximum height of six feet, and are not illuminated;
3. If freestanding are set back a minimum of five feet from any property line, and are not placed within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, street sign, or traffic signal, and do not interfere with, confuse, obstruct, or mislead traffic;
4. Are not placed unlawfully. The placement of a sign in the public right-of-way in violation of the City’s Municipal Code - Zoning Code is a nuisance, and any sign so placed may be removed summarily and disposed of by the City; and
5. Each sign shall be removed within 10 days after the conclusion of the political campaign or event to which they relate. A sign that is not removed may be removed by the City at the expense of the political candidate or organization involved.
Where signs are prohibited:
- On or within the following publicly owned or operated places: buildings, parks, recreation areas, landscaped grounds, trees, flagpoles, or within public rights-of-way. These sites include:
2. Private Property without the permission of the said property owner.
3. Utility Poles. Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) will remove these signs as they pose a safety hazard to their employees who climb the poles. State of California General Order No. 95, Rules for Overhead Line Construction, Rule No. 34 directly addresses the issue of unauthorized attachments of signs to utility poles.
4. Notices or leaflets should not be placed in mailboxes or allowed to litter yards, sidewalks or streets.
The provisions of this Zoning Code shall be enforced in compliance with the provisions of the Municipal Code Chapter 50. (Zoning Code 106.10.050). A person or organization may be subject to fines and other penalties. Any complaints regarding political campaign signs can be directed to our Code Enforcement Division at (916) 725-2845.