City of Concord California


News Release



January 3, 2018

Concord begins change from at-large to district elections

The Concord City Council has voted to begin the process to change the way City Councilmembers are elected. Currently, five City Councilmembers are elected at-large, meaning that all registered voters in Concord have the opportunity to vote for all five council positions. Under the new system, City Councilmembers will be elected by district. One Councilmember, who lives in a district, will be elected by registered voters who also live in the same district.

Concord residents are encouraged to participate in the process to decide where the district boundaries will be drawn and how many districts there should be. The City Council will hold two public hearings before maps are developed to get community input on where the district boundaries should go. These public hearings will be held Jan. 16 and Jan. 23. Draft maps will be developed from comment taken at these public hearings.

Two additional public hearings will be held to present and take comment on the draft map or maps. These public hearings will take place Feb. 6 and Feb. 27.

A final map or maps will go to the City Council for a vote on March 13.

All meetings will be held at the Concord Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Drive, in the City Council Chamber beginning at 6, 6:30 or 7 p.m. The Upcoming Meetings Calendar on the City's website home page will list meeting start times and agendas.

The meetings will also be televised on Concord Cable TV channels Comcast 28, Astound 29, AT&T U-verse 99, and will be streamed live on the City's website from the home page.

The following criteria must be met in creating election districts:

  1. Each Council district must contain a nearly equal population. The 2010 Census numbers will be used to determine the population number for each district.
  2. Council district borders must be drawn in a manner that complies with the state and federal constitutions, state law, and the federal Voting Rights Act.
  3. In establishing district boundaries, the City Council may give consideration to the following factors: topography, geography, cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, compactness of territory, and "community of interests" such as neighborhoods, school boundaries, and common interests.
  4. The City Council may also establish other criteria, as long as they do not conflict with federal or state law.

For more information, visit the District Elections page on the City's website at www.cityofconcord.org/districtelections, email districtelections@cityofconcord.org or contact Planning Manager Laura Simpson, (925) 671-3369, Laura.Simpson@cityofconcord.org.



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