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. The next General Municipal Election will be in November 2024. The offices being voted on in the November 2024 election will include Mayor, City Treasurer, and District 1 Councilmember.
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. These requirements are in addition to th general requirements listed below. Click here to view Ordinance No. 1954.
General Qualifications to Run for and Hold Public Office
A Candidate must be:
- A United States Citizen
- 18 years of age on or before election day
- A registered voter living in the City of Upland, in the respective District for Council Members and reside in 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.
In an effort to maintain our City’s municipal charm and aesthetics your cooperation is requested in adhering to the City's request regarding the posting of temporary political signs. Your respect for our community and subsequent cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.
The City requests that temporary political signs not be posted more than 45 days before an election. 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 shall be responsible for any political campaign signs. Your cooperation is appreciated.