Beginning with the November 2018 Election, voters will participate in the first district-based election when two City Council seats will be up for election. Voters in each district will select one council representative who also lives in that district. The Mayor’s seat will continue to be elected at-large by all voters of Lompoc.

How Will By-District Elections Work?

Voters will only vote for the City Council seat up for election in their specific district. All four current Council Members will serve as at-Large Council Members until the end of their current terms. At the end of their terms, the Council Members can run for re-election by district if they live in a district up for election at that time.

  • District 1: Jenelle Osborne, November 2020
  • District 2: Victor Vega, November 2018
  • District 3: Dirk Starbuck, November 2018
  • District 4: James Mosby, November 2020

Why Did the City of Lompoc Move to a By-District Voting System?

The City Council voluntarily implemented a by-district election to protect the City’s taxpayers from the risk of future litigation for any alleged violations of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). That decision was not based on any admission or concession the City violated the CVRA; rather, due to the combination of the CVRA’s low burden to trigger mandatory districting and its mandatory attorneys’ fees provision, all CVRA cases that have been filed have ended with the defendant governmental agency implementing a district election system and making some sort of attorneys’ fee payment.

Who Created the District Boundaries?

The City hired National Demographics Corporation, a recognized expert in this field, to propose various district maps for consideration according to requirements of the federal Voting Rights Act and the CVRA. The public provided input on those maps and had the opportunity to submit their own maps for review, some of whom did. After holding 5 public hearings and receiving further public comments, the City Council adopted the current district boundary maps on December 19, 2017, as part of Ordinance No. 1643(17).

Approved Elections By-District Map
District 1 Map
District 2 Map
District 3 Map
District 4 Map
   

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