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Town Council Election Season Begins: Deadline to File is May 8

Elections for the county's advisory board in Altadena will be held on June 5 and June 9. Residents interested in running for office must file by May 8.

Elections for the Altadena Town Council, which is the main advisory group on Altadena issues to the county, will be held on June 5 and June 9, and any interested candidates need to file to run by May 8.

The dates and election rules were approved at Tuesday's Altadena Town Council meeting.

Filing to run in the election is a pretty simple process: all the forms you need to run are attached to this article.  With the few simple steps listed below, anyone can easily register.

There will be eight seats on the ballot, one representing each of Altadena's census tracts.  Anyone interested in running must identify the census tract they live in and file to run there.

Though the Town Council is not the elected government of Altadena (the Board of Supervisors is) it plays an important role in advising the county on issues that affect Altadena.  

For those who want to run, you must have lived in Altadena for at least two years and be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and currently registered to vote in L.A County.  If you meet those requirements and want to run, take the following steps:

1) Read the Information Sheet, Rules and Ethical Standards, all of which are attached to this article.  All candidates have to sign a statement testifying that they have read this information.

2) Look at the map of Altadena Census Tracts (attached to this story) and determine which one you live in.  The Altadena Town Council seats are geographic districts that are determined by the federal census tracts - you must be a resident of a particular census tract to run for the seat that represents it.  You also must be a registered voter to be eligible for a seat.  To be sure about your census tract, you can also search by your address.

3) Fill out the application

4) Write a candidate statement that tells voters who you are and why you are running for office.  The length of the statement is up to you, but it is a requirement for running for office.

5) Take the completed application and the candidate statement and seal it in an envelope along with a $35 check or money order made out to the Altadena Town Council.  This is a non-refundable filing fee.

6) Return the envelope to the  at 730 E. Altadena Drive by May 8 at 5 p.m.  The center is open Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Make sure you bring a valid California ID with your current address on it with you- the clerk will log your application and check your ID on the spot. 

Some other important information:

  • There will be a candidates forum on May 15 during the regular Town Council meeting that starts at 7 p.m.
  • For anybody who would prefer to get a hard copy of the application papers, which includes a labeled return envelope, they are currently available at the Altadena Community Center during its regular hours.
  • Anybody with any questions should contact Eric Pierce, the chair of the election committee, at election@altadenatowncouncil.org.

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Steve Lamb April 19, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Its not a County advisory board. Its a community ombudsman group that provides input to ALL government agencies about the needs and desires of Altadena Citizens.

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