Filling the upcoming District 1 vacancy on the Board of Supervisors in 2011


When Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Elect Mark Church assumes his new post in early January 2011, the county’s charter and California Elections Code will dictate how and when the position he vacates on the Board of Supervisors could be filled. 


In short, the Board of Supervisors has 30 days to appoint someone or call a special election to fill the vacancy.



      IF the Board of Supervisors decides to call a special election:



  • The special election will be held 102-131 days from the date of this decision.


  • The first day of the first term of office for the newly elected Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder will be Mon., Jan. 3, 2011.

  • Voters participating in a special election will have the opportunity to cast their ballots in person at the polls, the Elections Offices or by mail unless voters approve a ballot measure on the November 2010 ballot that would allow the Board of Supervisors to decide to conduct the election solely by mail.


  • Deadlines for certain candidate filing requirements will be established by the Elections Office; this is because special elections are compressed elections and occur in a shorter timeframe.

  • The candidate who receives the most votes wins.


  • The winner of this special election would become the next supervisor for the remainder of Supervisor Church’s unexpired term of office which ends in January of 2013.