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Posted on: October 10, 2022

Santa Rosa General Municipal Election 2022

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The City of Santa Rosa would like to remind residents of the upcoming General Municipal Election, specifically changes to election districts, and where people can find all the latest information relating to measures and candidates and rules about political signs. Residents are asked to go to srcity.org/2022Election to find out all the voting information specific to the City of Santa Rosa.

Ballots will be mailed by the County of Sonoma Registrar of Voters Office starting Oct. 10, and this year, the City of Santa Rosa has four council seats and three measures on the ballot.

For elected officials in Santa Rosa, the candidates that are up for election by each district are:

District 2
Mark Stapp
Mason Rossiter

District 3 (special election)
Dianna MacDonald

District 4
Terry Sanders
Scheherazade Shamsavari
Henry Huang
Victoria Fleming

District 6
Jeff Okrepkie
Veronica “Roni” Jacobi

The elected for District 3 will be completing the term of a vacated seat and is expected to serve through December 2024; Electeds for Districts 2, 4, and 6 are expected to serve through December 2026.

Earlier this year, the City of Santa Rosa underwent redistricting, and the boundaries for Council Districts 2, 3, and 4 have changed since the 2020 election cycle. Residents are encouraged to check their district prior to researching candidates and voting. Map of Santa Rosa election districts

In addition to four council district elections, the city has three citywide ballot measures. They are:

  • Measure H: City of Santa Rosa Renew Public Safety
    Tax Percentage of “Yes” vote required for approval: 66%
    In 2004, the voters of the City of Santa Rosa approved a ¼ cent special sales tax to fund public safety and violence prevention programs. The tax was approved for a twenty-year term and is set to expire on March 31, 2025.
    Measure H, if approved by the voters, would maintain existing funding for public safety and violence prevention for an additional twenty years and would expand allowable uses of tax revenues to include funding of mental health services, programs to reduce wildfire risk, and other specified safety enhancements.
  • Measure I: City of Santa Rosa Amend City Charter to Affirm District Based Elections
    Percentage of “Yes” vote required for approval: 50% +1
    Measure I, if approved by the voters, would amend the Santa Rosa City Charter to reflect the City of Santa Rosa’s recent transition from the election of Council members by citywide vote to the election of Council members by district.
  • Measure J: City of Santa Rosa Amend City Charter to Modernize Language & Procedures
    Percentage of “Yes” vote required for approval: 50% +1
    Measure J, if approved by the voters, would amend the Santa Rosa City Charter to: (1) allow the charter to be amended more frequently than the current timeframe of every 10 years; (2) remove ambiguities of responsibilities during an emergency; (3) allow for either a single-year or a multi-year budget (currently the city budget is reviewed annually); (4) expand the responsibility of the Board of Utilities to include “dry” utilities (electricity, broadband, among others); (5) clarify minor ambiguities about recall elections and hiring practices; and (6) ensure gender- and citizenship-neutral language in the charter.

California residents will be able to vote in a variety of ways to ensure their votes are counted. In addition to voting in person on Election Day at their polling place, voters can do so by mail if their ballot is postmarked no later than Nov. 8 (and received by Nov. 15), or drop off their ballot at a designated ballot box starting Oct. 11. Check your voter registration, find your polling place or a ballot box locations.

Residents are being reminded about placing and taking down political signs during the General Municipal Election 2022. The City of Santa Rosa allows campaign signs that are no greater than 16-feet wide and 9-feet in height and only on private property. A permit and the property owner’s permission are required to post a campaign sign. Campaign signs must be taken down by Nov. 23, 2022.

For more information, including the election timeline, candidate statements, and arguments for and against each ballot measure, go to srcity.org/2022Election.

In addition to information about the city election, all information related to county, state, or federal elections can be found at the County of Sonoma Registrar of Voters Office website.

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