City Elections

November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election

The Clerk of the Council serves as the elections official and is responsible for all candidate filings, the issuance and acceptance of nomination papers, City measures, and publication of all legal notices as well as campaign and conflict of interest filings required by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).

The City Council is made up of a Mayor and six Councilmembers, for a total of seven members. City Councilmembers are nominated by their respective wards and the Mayor seat is nominated at-large. The offices of Mayor and City Council are non-partisan.

The Mayor serves a term of two years, with a maximum of four consecutive terms. While, Councilmembers each serve a four-year term, with a maximum of three consecutive four-year terms.  

Pursuant to Resolution No. 2020-041, to be eligible to be elected to the office of Councilmember, a person must be a registered voter and provide proof of residency no less than thirty (30) days in the Ward from which the candidate is nominated prior to issuing the nomination papers. To be eligible to be elected to the office of Mayor, a person must be a registered voter and provide proof of residency no less than thirty (30) days in the City of Santa Ana.


2020 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Santa Ana on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 to consider the odd-numbered Council Ward seats 1, 3, 5 and Mayor seat. Under Santa Ana's new Ward map re-boundary election process, voters may only elect one Councilmember for the Council Ward they are registered in. Learn more about our transition to the Ward Map Re-Boundary Election process at www.santa-ana.org/cc/ward-map-re-boundary.

Vote-by-Mail Voting Began October 5, 2020

Drop boxes for vote-by-mail ballots will be opened on Monday, October 5, 2020, for the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election. Vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed to all Orange County registered voters beginning October 5, 2020.

Find the locations of drop boxes and vote centers at www.ocvote.com/voting/voting-and-dropoff-locations-by-election.

Image of an official Orange County ballot drop box:

Image of an official Orange County ballot drop box.

 

The Final Close of Registration for new voters is October 19, 2020. Conditional Voter Registration is from October 20, 2020, through November 3, 2020.

Orange County Vote Centers will be open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. from October 30, 2020 through November 2, 2020.

On Election Day, November 3, 2020, Vote Centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Candidate Filing Period

Pursuant to Elections Code section 10224, the City Council candidate nomination period opens July 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2020. The Santa Ana Clerk of the Council issues and accepts official nomination documents by appointment only during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday and every other Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise posted in the Calendar for Holiday and Closed Friday schedule.

Click here to verify your ward.

By appointment only, to pick up and file nomination papers during business hours as posted from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., please call (714) 647-6520 or email cityclerk@santa-ana.org.

The following are key dates for the November 3, 2020, election:

Nomination Period Opens     July 13, 2020
Nomination Period Closes     August 6, 2020
Secretary of State Holds Random Alpha Drawing  August 13, 2020
Write-in Candidacy Filing Period Opens           September 7, 2020
Write-in Candidacy Filing Period Closes    October 20, 2020
Last Date to Register to Vote      October 19, 2020
Ballot Mailed to Registered Address October 5, 2020
Election Day   November 3, 2020
Campaign Signs Must Be Removed   November 13, 2020
Deadline to Certify Election Results December 3, 2020

 FPPC Candidates and Controlled Committees Filing Schedule           


Final List of Qualified Candidates in Ballot Order for the November 3, 2020 General Election:

WARD 1

NAME AFFIDAVIT OF RESIDENCE BALLOT DESIGNATION CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Tony Adame Click to View Entrepreneur/CFO Click to View
Thomas Anthony Gordon Click to View School Facilities Manager None
Thai Viet Phan Click to View Planning Commissioner/Attorney Click to View
Cynthia Contreras Click to View Orange County Probation Coordinator Click to View


WARD 3

NAME AFFIDAVIT OF RESIDENCE BALLOT DESIGNATION CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Jessie Lopez Click to View Diversity Development Coordinator Click to View
Mark McLoughlin Click to View Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Click to View
Danny Vega Click to View Electrical Engineer Click to View
Jeffrey Katz Click to View Santa Ana Business Owner Click to View
Jannelle Welker Click to View Supervisor's Policy Advisor Click to View

WARD 5

NAME AFFIDAVIT OF RESIDENCE BALLOT DESIGNATION CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Johnathan Hernandez Click to View Community Health Worker Click to View
Laura Perez Click to View Property Management Coordinator Click to View
Vic Mendez Click to View Businessman Click to View
Juan Villegas Click to View Councilman/Sheriff Officer Click to View

MAYORAL SEAT

NAME AFFIDAVIT OF RESIDENCE BALLOT DESIGNATION CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Claudia C. Alvarez Click to View Prosecutor/College Trustee Click to View
Mark I. Lopez Click to View Business Owner None
Vicente Sarmiento Click to View Councilmember, City of Santa Ana/Businessman Click to View
Jose Solorio Click to View Council Member/Father Click to View
Cecilia Iglesias Click to View Educator/Taxpayer Advocate Click to View
George Collins Click to View Business Owner Click to View

 

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