Elections and Voting
General Municipal Election November 4, 2014
The nomination period to run for the office of Mayor or City Council has closed. Attached is the list of candidates.
Information on Measure Y (Utility Users Tax Extension Measure)
On June 30, 2014, the Newark City Council voted unanimously to place a revenue measure extension on the November 4 election ballot. The revenue measure will appear on the ballot as Measure Y and will extend the existing Utility Users Tax (UUT) for an additional 5 years while reducing the rate from 3.5% to 3.25%.
The utility tax is a general tax that applies to the use of telecommunications on telephone (landline and cell phone), cable television, gas and electricity.
Revenues from Measure Y are required by law, to be used in Newark and cannot be taken by the State of California or Alameda County to balance their budgets. Measure Y provides Newark with a reliable local revenue source for City services and programs with requirements for independent financial audits and reports to the community on how the funds are being spent.
Senior citizens seventy (70) years of age or older and low-income residents who are enrolled in the PG&E CARE Program (“California’s Alternate Rate for Energy” program) are exempt from the Tax upon application and approval by the Tax Administrator.
Questions regarding Measure Y may be directed to Laurie Gebhard at (510) 578-4392 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice of Election Date Change
On May 23, 2013, the Newark City Council adopted Ordinance No. 467 changing the City's municipal election to November in even-numbered years. Changing the City's election cycle to November of even-numbered years is expected to increase voter turnout and save money as the City's election would fall on presidential and state election dates.
The City of Newark general municipal election scheduled to be held in November 2013 will not be held, so that the City's election schedule may be changed to November in each even-numbered year. The next general municipal election will be held on November 4, 2014.
State Law allows the current elected terms to be extended by no more than 12 months. The terms of Mayor Alan Nagy, Vice Mayor Ana Apodaca, and Council Member Robert Marshall, due to expire in November 2013, have been extended to November 2014. The terms of council Members Luis Freitas and Sucy Collazo, due to expire in November 2015, have been extended to November 2016.
For further details, please review the attached staff reports and ordinance.
Elections and Voting
Municipal elections are held in the City of Newark in November of even-numbered years. Newark's Mayor and City Council members are elected to office by registered voters of the City of Newark. Any resident of the city who is 18 years old and a registered voter living in Newark is eligible to run for Mayor or for the City Council. The nomination period to an election begins in mid-July and ends in mid-August. Candidates for office must submit nomination papers that contain the signatures of at least 20 registered voters of the City of Newark. The City Clerk's Office coordinates municipal elections with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters and supplies the nomination papers as well as other pertinent information to candidates at the beginning of the nomination period. The League of Women's Voters web site can be accessed by going to http://www.lwvfnuc.org/.
In order to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Newark, and 18 years of age or older as of the day of the election. You must be registered 15 days prior to the election. Registration forms are available at City Hall, at any of the fire stations, and at the Post Office.
Election results for city elections (as well as for primary and general elections held in the State of California) are available on the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website after the close of the polls on election night.