City Council Elections

General Election Information

The City of Coalinga will conduct a General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The Election is held on the same day as the statewide General Election. There are 3 elected positions within the City that are open for nominations:

  • Councilmember - District 1
  • Councilmember - District 3
  • Councilmember - District 5

Candidate Filing Period

The filing period for a candidate running for City Council for the November 6, 2018 election begins on Monday, July 16, 2018 and ends on Friday, August 10, 2018.  If an Incumbent does not file by the close of the filing period on August 10, 2018, the filing period shall be extended for an additional 5 days until August 15, 2018.

A candidate may pull papers to run for City Council at the following locations:
Fresno County Elections Office
2221 Kern Street
Fresno, CA 93721 

Coalinga City Hall
155 W Durian Avenue
Coalinga, CA 93210

Note: Please be advised that candidate residency requirements may only be completed with the Deputy City Clerk of the City of Coalinga.

The Deputy City Clerk will generally be available to meet with candidates by appointment between the hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Typical processing time to complete nomination paperwork is approximately 1 hour.

To schedule your appointment with the Deputy City Clerk or the City of Coalinga, please email Shannon Jensen or call her at 559-935-1533, ext.113.

Election Calendar

Please access the Election Calendar (PDF) for important dates relating to the November 6, 2018 election.

District-Based Elections for City Councilmembers

The City of Coalinga has changed the way City Councilmembers are elected.

Prior to this election year, all Councilmembers were elected at-large, meaning that all registered voters who reside in the City of Coalinga would have the opportunity to vote for all 5 City Councilmember positions. Under the new district-based election system, Councilmembers will be elected by district: Council members will be required to live in the district they represent and will be elected only by registered voters residing in that district.

City Council Candidate Requirements

The Fresno County Elections Office has prepared a nominations packet containing a number of documents required to be completed and submitted prior to the close of the filing period.  In addition to these nomination papers, candidates will also be required to comply with the City of Coalinga's City Council District Residency Policy (PDF). The Policy was enacted to help ensure that City Council candidates and sitting City Councilmembers reside in the district they will or do represent.

In order to qualify as a candidate for the City of Coalinga City Council, and have your name appear on the November 6, 2018 ballot, the following additional documentation shall be required:

  • Candidate Affidavit
  • PG&E / City of Coalinga Utility Bill
  • Proof of Homeownership / Rental Property
  • Proof of Motor Vehicle Registration

For detailed information regarding the requirements listed, please refer to pages 3 and 4 of the City Council District Residency Policy (PDF).

Failure to provide any of the above-required documents will disqualify a candidate from meeting the City of Coalinga District Residency Policy requirements and having their name appear on the November 6, 2018 election ballot.

Note: Please be advised that candidate residency requirements may only be completed with the Deputy City Clerk of the City of Coalinga.