The City Clerk’s Office is the office that administers democratic processes such as elections, access to city records, and all legislative actions ensuring transparency to the public. The City Clerk also act as the compliance officer for federal, state and local statutes including the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act and the Public Records Act.
General Election Information
General Municipal Elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even years. Special Municipal Elections may be scheduled as a result of City Council action. General Municipal Elections are for the election of Councilmembers and for other purposes the City Council may prescribe. Councilmembers serve four-year terms of office. The at-large terms are staggered so that three terms expire in 2022 and two terms expire in 2024.
This year, the three council seats currently held by Mayor James Black, Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Wilson and Councilmember Leah Mirsch are on the Tuesday, November 8th ballot.
Eligibility Requirements to Run for Elective Office
In order to be eligible to hold an elective office to the Rolling Hills City Council, an individual must be:
- A United States citizen
- 18 years of age or older on Election Day
- Registered to vote within the City limits and applicable Council District at the time nomination papers are issued
How to Run for Office
Every election starts with a “Nominating period.” This is the only period of time during which candidates can obtain and return the “nomination papers,” which are the forms necessary to run for office.
The nomination period begins 8am on July 18, 2022, and ends (deadline to file papers) 5pm on August 12, 2022. If an incumbent does not file, the deadline is extended to August 17, 2022, 5pm
The City Clerk will meet with each candidate individually to review information in the candidate nomination packet and to issue nomination papers. This orientation meeting typically takes one hour and is conducted by appointment. To qualify, candidates must obtain no fewer than 20 signatures and no more than 30 signatures from voters registered in the City of Rolling Hills.
There is a charge to have a candidate statement printed in the sample ballot. Payment is due at the time the nomination paper is filed. A candidate statement is optional.
For information on how to run a Candidate Campaign and what to do before, during and after an election, please refer to the Fair Political Practices Commission’s Candidate ToolKit for guidance and general overview of the rules for campaigns.
Please contact the City Clerk Christian Horvath by phone at 310-377-1521 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your candidate orientation appointment.
November 8, 2022 - Candidate Update
As of August 5, 2022 the following individuals have pulled and filed nomination papers:
Mayor James Black, M.D.
Mayor Pro Tem Pat Wilson
Councilmember Leah Mirsch
As of August 5, 2022 the following individuals have pulled nomination papers:
- Resolution Calling for a Regular Municipal Election To Be Held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022
- Resolution Adopting regulations for candidates for elective office pertaining to candidate statements submitted to the voters at an election to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022
- Notice of Election
- Qualified Candidates
- Notice of Nominees for Public Office
- Register To Vote
- Check your Voter Registration Status
- Same-Day Voter Registration
Political Reform Act
The City Clerk's office is also responsible for the administration of the local reporting requirements under the Political Reform Act. The City Councilmembers are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office. Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by these elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is 2 Portuguese Bend Road, Rolling Hills, California 90274. The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/
The registered voters in the City of Rolling Hills voted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to pass Measure C.
Please click here to view the the November 7, 2017 Official Election Canvass
The City of Rolling Hills General Municipal Election that was scheduled to be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 was cancelled because there were not more candidates than offices to be elected.
During the City Council candidate nomination period from November 14 through December 9, 2016 only two candidates – the incumbents Bea Dieringer and Jeff Pieper – qualified to run for the two seats being elected. Therefore, pursuant to the State Elections Code and to save the expense associated with conducting an election, the City Council removed the measure from the ballot, appointed the two incumbents and cancelled the March election.
Councilmembers Dieringer and Pieper were sworn into their second term in office at the City Council meeting on March 27, 2017.
Registered voters in the City of Rolling Hills elected three members to the City Council on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. There were eight candidates running for the three open positions.
Please click here to view the March 3, 2015 Official Election Canvas
Registered voters in the City of Rolling Hills elected two members to the City Council on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 and voted to pass Measure B. There were four candidates running for the two open positions.
Click here to view the March 5, 2013 Official Election Canvass
Registered voters in the City of Rolling Hills elected three members to the City Council on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. There were four candidates running for the three open positions.