The City has a City Council/City Manager form of local government. General Municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday of November in even-numbered years. The Mayor is elected at-large by the entire City for a four year term. Council members are elected by district, by the residents within their respective district, for four-year overlapping terms. A Council member of each district must live in that district and must be a registered voter in that district to be eligible to hold the office of Council member for that district, and a candidate for any district must live in that district and must be a registered voter in that district to be eligible to run for the office of Council member for that district. Only voters who live in a district shall be eligible to vote in the election for Council member of that district. The Mayor is elected by the voters of the City at-large, and must reside within the City boundaries.
Local Election Official
The City Clerk serves as the local elections official and coordinates with the County of Stanislaus in conducting Municipal Elections. Duties of the Elections Official include preparation of necessary resolutions calling for General and Special Municipal Elections and declaring elections results; coordination of the candidate nomination process and receipt and processing of initiative, referendum and recall petitions.
The next General Municipal Election will be held on November 3, 2020, voters in District 3 and District 4 will each elect a City Councilmember, and all voters will decide the Mayor’s position.
The nomination period for the November 3, 2020 election begins on Monday, July 13, 2020 and closes on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. During this period, individuals may take out, circulate and file nomination papers. If an incumbent for one of the offices being voted upon does not file nomination papers by 5:00 p.m. on August 7, 2020, the filing period will be extended until August 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. During this extension period, any eligible person, other than the incumbent, may take out, circulate, and file nomination papers for that office. Prospective candidates are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the City Clerk to obtain nomination papers and other election-related materials. You must be a registered voter in the City of Ceres at the time nomination papers are issued. Council candidates must also reside in the district they are seeking to represent.