Beginning with the November 2018 Election, voters participated in the first district-based election when two City Council seats were up for election. As part of the district election process, 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.
- Mayor: Jenelle Osborne, November 2020
- District 2: Victor Vega, November 2022
- District 3: Dirk Starbuck, November 2022
- James Mosby's Seat: At Large Until November 2020
- Gilda Cordova's Seat: At Large Until 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).
How Can I Get Involved In District Elections?
Lompoc residents can get involved in district elections through voting for their district representative or running as a candidate in their district election.
The district election system works most effectively when there is adequate voter representation. If you are currently registered to vote in the County of Santa Barbara, you are registered to vote in the district elections. Please make sure your address is current, and reference the district maps on this page to see what district you will vote in.
You can register to vote at registertovote.ca.gov/, or by contacting the Santa Barbara County Election’s Office. You can also check what address you are registered to vote under at the county election’s office website.
In addition to voting, you are eligible to run as a candidate for city council for your district when your district comes up for re-election. If you are qualified to vote, you are qualified to run as a candidate in the district elections.