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Sec. 300.  Members, Eligibility and Terms.
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(A) There shall be a City Council of five members, consisting of four Councilmembers and a Mayor, elected at the times and in the manner provided in this Charter.

(1) The Mayor shall be elected from the City at large. No person shall be eligible to hold the office of Mayor, or to be elected or appointed to the office of Mayor, unless such person is a resident and registered voter of the City or territory annexed to the City. To be eligible to seek election to the office of Mayor, a person must be a resident and registered voter of the City or territory annexed to the City at the time of filing the nomination papers for such office.

(2) Each of the four Councilmembers shall be elected by district in the manner provided in paragraph (3) below. To be eligible to seek election, or appointment, to the office of Councilmember, a person must be a registered voter of the City or territory annexed to the City and resident of the Council district which that person seeks to represent at the time of filing the nomination papers for such office, or at the time of appointment to such office, respectively. No person shall be eligible to hold the office of Councilmember unless that person is a registered voter of the City or territory annexed to the City and resident of the Council district which that Councilmember represents.

(3) In the general municipal election, the voters in each district from which a Councilmember is to be elected shall be entitled to vote for one (1) candidate from their district; and the two (2) candidates for Councilmember in each district receiving the highest and second highest number of votes cast by the voters of their district shall be the candidates in a run-off election to be held on the same date as the statewide election date in November immediately following the general municipal election (if no statewide election is conducted, then on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November of each even numbered year). If only two qualified candidates from a Council district file nomination papers to participate in the general municipal election in that district, no general election shall be held and the two candidates shall be the candidates at the run-off election for the office of City Councilmember from that district. If two or more candidates from a district tie in the receipt of the highest number of votes in the general municipal election, all such candidates shall appear on the run-off election ballot and no candidate(s) receiving the second-highest number of votes shall appear on the run-off election ballot. If one candidate from a district receives the highest number of votes and two or more candidates from the same district tie in the receipt of the second-highest number of votes, all such candidates shall appear on the run-off election ballot. In the run-off election, the voters in each district from which a Councilmember is to be elected shall be entitled to vote for one (1) candidate from each district for which a Councilmember is to be elected, and the candidate for Councilmember from each district receiving the highest number of votes cast shall be elected.

(4) Notwithstanding any other provision in this Section 300 or Section 300.5, the mandatory run-off election requirement in subparagraph 300.A.3., above, shall take effect in 2014. Notwithstanding that the mandatory run-off elections shall commence in 2014, the transition to by-district elections for Councilmembers shall not commence until 2016 as provided in Section 300.5. Until the 2016 general municipal election, Councilmembers shall continue to be elected at large.

(B) The term of each member of the City Council shall be for a nominal term of four years and shall commence on the first Tuesday of December of the year of the election, and shall continue until a qualified successor takes the oath of office. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the official results for the election of the office of Mayor or the office of Councilmember are not certified before the first Tuesday in December, the term for the Mayor or Councilmember(s) elected at such election shall be deemed to commence upon taking the oath of office, which shall be given at the first scheduled City Council meeting following certification of the election results.

(C) No person shall be eligible for nomination and election to the office of City Councilmember or Mayor for more than two (2) consecutive terms, and no person who has held a Council office for a period of two (2) consecutive terms or the office of Mayor for two (2) consecutive terms, may again seek nomination and election to said offices of Council or Mayor respectively until a period of one (1) year from the termination of the second term for Councilmember or Mayor has elapsed; provided, however, that any person who is appointed by the Council to fill the office of Councilmember or Mayor may not seek nomination and election to said offices of Councilmember or Mayor until a period of one year from the termination of the appointed term has elapsed. Said appointee shall be eligible to seek nomination and election for two (2) full terms thereafter. Any person elected in a special election for the balance of a regular term of Mayor and/or Councilmember for a period of two (2) years or less may seek nomination and election for two (2) full terms thereafter.

(D) Each Council district shall be numbered one (1) through four (4) respectively. Any person running for the office of Councilmember shall designate, as the office for which such person seeks election, one of the numbered Council districts as memorialized by resolution of the Chula Vista City Council on file in the office of the City Clerk. Should a vacancy occur at any time in any Council district, if said vacancy is to be filled by a special election as provided in Section 303 of the Charter, candidates for said vacancy shall similarly designate the appropriate numbered district on their nominating papers.

(E) Any person to be elected at a general municipal election for the office of Mayor for which nomination papers have been filed shall be deemed elected upon receipt of a majority of the votes cast for the office of Mayor at the election. If no candidate at such general municipal election receives a majority of the votes cast, there shall be a special runoff election, to be held on the same date as the statewide election date in November immediately following the general municipal election (if no statewide election is conducted, then on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November of each even-numbered year), between the two candidates receiving the highest and second highest number of votes in the general municipal election for the office of Mayor, in order to determine the winner. By way of clarification, ties among the candidates receiving the two highest number of votes at the general municipal election shall be resolved by a special run-off election. Beginning in 2014, the elections for the office of Mayor shall be held in the same manner as provided in Section 300.A., provided, however, that voters of the City at-large shall be entitled to vote in such elections.

(F) Vacancies and elections to fill vacancies for the office of Councilmember or the office of Mayor, shall be determined in accordance with Section 303.C.2.

(G) If one of the two eligible candidates dies on or before the ninetieth day prior to a special run-off election required under this Section, his or her name shall not be placed on the ballot. The candidate receiving the third highest number of votes in the general municipal election for the office of Councilmember or the office of Mayor shall be offered by the City Clerk, the opportunity to be placed on the ballot in lieu of the deceased. The City Clerk shall make the offer in writing immediately upon notification of the death. The candidate shall accept or reject in writing to the Clerk within five calendar days of receipt of the City Clerk’s offer. If accepted, the special run-off election between the remaining candidate and the candidate receiving the third highest number shall be held. If rejected, there shall be no run-off election, and the remaining candidate shall be deemed elected as of the date of such death.

(H) Any person to be elected at a special run-off election required under this Section shall be deemed elected upon receipt of the highest number of votes for the particular office of Councilmember or the office of Mayor and shall be seated upon taking the oath of office. Ties at such special run-off election shall be resolved by lot.

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