City Municipal Elections | Council Formally Announces Stipulations

The nomination period for elective office will formally commence July 13 and end Aug. 6, 2020

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Three of South Pasadena’s five city council seats will be up for grabs during the general municipal election to be held Nov. 3, 2020, according to a resolution approved Wednesday by the City Council giving formal notice of the coming plebiscite. Each seat is up for a fresh four-year term.

The District 1, 2 and 3 seats now held respectively by Mayor Robert Joe, Dr. Marina Khubesrian and Dr. Richard Schneider will each be on the ballot. Districts 1 and 2 cover the city’s west end while District 3 is a north-south strip through the middle. It will be the first time these seats will be decided since the city was compelled to move from a city-wide, at-large election system to a district-based vote.

Schneider has already said he does not intend to seek another term. School Board member Jon Primuth, former Munch Company owner Michelle Hammond and Public Safety Commissioner Alan Ehrlich have already announced their intentions to stand for District 3, while current City Clerk Evelyn Zneimer has declared her candidacy for the seat held by Joe.

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The nomination period for elective office will formally commence July 13 and end Aug. 6, 2020. Prospective candidates are asked to make an appointment with the City Clerk‘s office when pulling or filing papers to ensure staff will be available.

The election will be consolidated with the state-wide election to be held by the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters.

The cost of the election has not been determined because the county has not yet supplied estimates.

The Council adopted three resolutions pertaining to the coming vote, one giving formal notice of the election, one asking the county for consolidation and a third regulating candidate statements.

Under state election code, candidates can prepare a statement with their name, age, occupation and a brief description of no more than 200 words on their education and qualifications. The statements cannot include party affiliation or membership or activity in partisan political organizations. The statements must be filed along with the candidate’s nomination papers. There are charges for the cost of printing the statement in English and Spanish for the voters’ pamphlets.


EDITORS NOTE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated for which district Primuth, Hammond and Ehrlich are running. It is District 3.

Ben Tansey
Ben Tansey is a journalist and author. He grew up in the South Bay and is a graduate of Evergreen State College. He worked in Washington State as a reporter in a rural timber community and for many years as an editor for a Western electric energy policy publication based in Seattle.