I Voted stickers wait for voters to claim them. (File photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

There are four San Fernando Valley seats on the Los Angeles City Council up for the March 3, 2020 municipal election.

The process of becoming a candidate for one of the districts – 2, 4, 6, 12 – began with an individual’s passion for improving the quality of life for those living in a particular district.

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But before the details of mounting a campaign and all that follows, the focus was how to declare their candidacy with the city.

Individuals interested in running for the Primary Nominating Election for a city council seat had to file a declaration of intention by Nov. 9, 2019.

Candidates then had a choice of paying a $300 filing fee and submitting a Nominating Petition (no less than 500 signatures and no more than 1,000; 500 signatures must be valid voters); or, a candidate could waive the fee but file the Nomination Petition (no less than 1,000 and no more than 2,000; 1,000 signatures must be valid).

The filing period for Nominating Petitions began on Nov. 9 and ended on Dec. 4. The candidates have to file at the City Clerk’s Election Division Office in Los Angeles.

The last day for candidates to withdraw their nomination was Dec. 9.

The incumbents for the San Fernando Valley seats are:

  • District 2: Paul Krekorian
  • District 4: David Ryu
  • District 6: Nury Martinez
  • District 12: John Lee

For more details on the filing process: clerk.lacity.org/elections/candidates

On the campaign finances side, candidates must also file a Statement of Economic Interests that discloses their personal financial interests. They and their campaign committee must also file Recipient Committee Campaign Statements to disclose their contributions and expenditures periodically.

Disclosure of financial information from candidates to the public became a California state law in 1974 with the Political Reform Act.

Candidates must also file three forms before they solicit contributions or engage in fundraising. These forms must be filed with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission.

  • Candidate Intention Statement
  • Intent to Solicit & Receive Contributions
  • Statement of Understanding

Individuals running for a City Council seat may participate in the matching funds program.

More information on campaign finance laws is available here: ethics.lacity.org

The City of Los Angeles conducts the filing requirements for the 2020 municipal election. The County of Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder conducts the actual elections.

VOTERS

For voters, it’s their duty to learn about the candidates in their city council district through the candidates various websites and news stories.

Voting information for the March 3 primary election

  • Apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot, Feb. 3 to Feb. 25
  • Last day to register to vote, Feb. 18
  • Voting at voting centers begins, Feb. 22 (locations to be announced)
  • Primary Election Day, March 3

Voters need to be aware that the primary election will be different beginning in 2020 due to the use of voting centers (Voting Solutions for All People) and 11-days in order to cast a ballot at the center of your choice.

See a video on the new voting machines vsap.lavote.net/vote-center-placement-project/

More information on voting at Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s website bit.ly/33KJmu5

The General Municipal Election for the top candidates following the primary election is Nov. 3, 2020.

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