2020 Election

The candidate nomination period for local elections consolidated with the Nov. 3 general election starts Monday and continues through 5 p.m. Aug. 7.

In the City of Palmdale, the office of mayor and two City Council seats will be up for election.

The incumbents are Mayor Steve Hofbauer; Councilman Austin Bishop, District 1; and Councilman Richard Loa, District 2.

Hofbauer’s seat is a citywide election for a full term of two years. The two City Council seats are four-year terms and will be for District One and District Two.

Council District One is generally located in the southern portion of the City. Council District Two is generally in the western portion of the City. For details, refer to the district map on Palmdale’s elections Web page at www.cityofpalmdale.org

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home orders, candidates have the option of scheduling an appointment with the city clerk (during the nomination filing period) for a Zoom meeting appointment or an in-person appointment in which social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Following a Zoom meeting, an in-person appointment will be required to pick up and sign for the nomination documents. An in-person appointment will also be required when filing completed nomination documents before the close of the nomination filing period.

The City Clerk’s office is at 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite C, Palmdale, and appointments can be made by calling 661-267-5151. There is no City fee charged for filing nomination documents.

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office will also require appointments for candidates seeking to file paperwork in-person at the Norwalk headquarters. All county offices are closed to the public to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

All candidates looking to file paperwork in-person must make an appointment with the Candidate Filing Section prior to visiting the Norwalk headquarters.

Alternatively, candidates may also request to receive their paperwork via email or US Mail. All candidates interested in filing must call 1-800-815-2666, option 4 to make an appointment or to coordinate the alternative issue method.

Candidates are encouraged to review the Nov. 3 Candidate Handbook and Resource Guide (https://tinyurl.com/yab4gt8z). The handbook and resource guide includes a variety of details and critical deadlines to be eligible for the November general election.

Kern County candidates will also need to make an appointment to file nomination paperwork.

Forms may be requested by completing the Candidate Information Form and sending it to the Election staff at candidatefiling@kerncounty.com. For details, call 661-868-3590.

California City will also have an election on Nov. 3. The seats of Mayor Charles McGuire and Councilmen Donald Parris and Bill Smith will up for election.

For details on how to file, contact the City Clerk’s office at 760-373-7140.

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I try to avoid politics [wink], but I feel 2020 is going to be one He!! of a year.

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