General Municipal Elections
General Municipal elections are consolidated with San Bernardino County in November on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of even-numbered years to elect Mayor, members of the City Council, Treasurer and to consider local ballot measures. From time to time, the City will hold Special Elections.
The offices of Mayor and City Treasurer are elected at-large and beginning with the November 6, 2018 election, Councilmembers are elected by district. The terms of the offices are for four years and must be registered voters and city residents. The Mayor and City Council terms are staggered, with the Mayor and one Councilmember elected at one election and three Councilmembers elected at the next election. The City Treasurer is elected at the same election as the Mayor.
City Elected Officials and Candidate Residency Requirements
On July 12, 2021 the Upland City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1954 amending the Upland Municipal Code to add residency requirements and establish proof of residency requirements for City Council Candidates and Members. Upland Municipal Code (UMC) Section 2.02.100 requires that each member of the city council must be and remain a resident of the council district from which the member is nominated at least thirty (30) days prior to the time the member is nominated, elected, and throughout that member’s term of office. The Mayor may reside in any district within the City and shall be elected by the voters city-wide; however, the mayor must be and remain a resident of the City at least thirty (30) days prior to the time the mayor is nominated, elected, and throughout the mayor’s term of office. Candidates, at the time nomination papers are pulled, must provide proof of residency as required in UMC Section 2.02.100. Current Councilmembers must provide proof of residency by December 31st of each year during the member's term of office. Click here to view Ordinance No. 1954.
Municipal Election, November 2020 - results
The City conducted the General Municipal Election and Special Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The purpose of the election was to vote for Mayor, City Treasurer, and District 1 City Council Member, each with a four year term, District 3 City Council Member (short term) and one Ballot Measure (Measure Q).
On December 14, 2020 at a Special meeting of the City Council, the Council adopted Resolution No. 6575 reciting the fact of the General Municipal Election and the Special Municipal Election held on November 3, 2020, declaring the results and such other matters as provided by law.
Political Sign Permit - Statement of Understanding
In an effort to maintain our City’s municipal charm and aesthetics your cooperation is requested in adhering to the regulations regarding the posting of temporary political signs. Your respect for our community and subsequent cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Temporary political signs shall not be posted more than 45 days before an election. Special guidelines for political signs are outlined in the political sign permit statement of understanding and are available online in the Upland Municipal Code. The statement of understanding should be completed and submitted to the City Clerk's office before placing any signs in the City.
The person signing the political sign statement of understanding permit shall be held responsible in the event any political campaign sign issued on the permit is posted in violation of those stated regulations or is not removed within the post-election time allowance. Your compliance is solicited in advance to eliminate code enforcement action. Your cooperation is appreciated.