We need YOU to run for City Council!

Three City Council Seats up for Election in November 

If you have felt like the City Council has not been representing you and the interests of the city now is the time to step up and run for council. In El Cerrito. traditionally the El Cerrito Democratic Club (which includes members that don’t live in El Cerrito) has designated the next council members. They do an endorsement and send out mailings to those who live in the city. All current members are of the Council are members of the ECDC with Council person Abelson and Mayor Lyman both part of the current leadership. The only declared person running for City Council is Margaret Kavanaugh Lynch and she too is a member of ECDC. It is anticipated that if Mayor Pro Tem Fadelli and Councilperson Pardue-Okimoto run again that ECDC will then again endorse them and it is likely that they will run unopposed. The only way for that to change is for other community members to step up and run. We encourage you to do so! The city information on running is reprinted below.

“In November of 2020, the terms of office for Mayor Lyman, Mayor Pro Tem Fadelli, and Councilmember Pardue-Okimoto will expire. On June 16, 2020, the City Council called an election for the purpose of electing three members to City Council. The term for each seat shall be four years, from November 2020 to November 2024. The nomination period for these offices will begin on Monday, July 13, 2020 and close on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 4 p.m. 

If nomination documents from any of the three incumbent officers of the city are not filed by Friday, August 7, 2020, the nomination period will be extended until Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 4 p.m. During this extension period, no incumbent is allowed to file nomination documents.


To be eligible to run for City Council, a candidate must be a resident of El Cerrito and a registered voter at the time nomination documents are issued. The City Clerk is the Elections Official and primary contact for El Cerrito candidates. To best serve candidates, individuals interested in running for office are encouraged to contact the City Clerk to ask questions. Appointments will be required for issuance, review, and submission of nomination documents. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the City Clerk at cityclerk@… or (510) 215-4305. Election information is also available online at http://www.el-cerrito.org

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