The following is a press release issued by the City of Point Arena:
The City of Point Arena’s 2022 General Municipal Election, consolidated with the Mendocino County Statewide General Election, will be held on November 8, 2022. Registered voters in the City of Point Arena will have the opportunity to elect three City of Point Arena councilmembers of the five-member City Council for a term of four years each. These seats are presently occupied by incumbents Vice Mayor Barbara Burkey, Councilmember Anna Dobbins, and Councilmember Richey Wasserman.
The filing period for local residents interested in running in the 2022 Point Arena City Council election will open Monday, July 18, 2022, and close Friday, August 12, 2022 at 4p.m. If any incumbent council member does not file by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, the filing period for all non-incumbent candidates will be extended to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17.
Prospective City Council candidates must reside and be registered to vote in the city limits, 18 years of age, and a US citizen. Anyone wishing to run in the November 8, 2022 election must secure the signatures of 5 to 10 registered City of Point Arena voters prior to filing the nomination paper. Each candidate is also required to file a Statement of Economic Interests, disclosing investments and interests in real property at the time the nomination paper is returned for filing. There is no charge for filing nomination documents.
For a fee, candidates may also prepare a statement to be included in the Official Sample Ballot, which is mailed to voters. Statements may include the candidate’s name, age, occupation and brief description of no more than 200 words stating their education and qualifications. The estimated fees range from $100 to $200 depending on language, statement length and formatting chosen by the candidate.
Nomination documents will be made available beginning July 18, 2022, the start of the nomination period, in the City Clerk’s Office, at City Hall, 451 School Street in Point Arena. Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; City Hall is closed Friday, but staff are available by appointment. City Hall will be open until 4p.m. on August 12.
Anyone wishing to lend their signature to a potential candidate’s nomination paper must be a registered voter residing in the City of Point Arena at the time the nomination paper is issued.
The top three vote-getters are expected to be sworn into office on December 13, 2022, prior to the regularly-scheduled City Council meeting.