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City of Palmdale Council member Frederick Thompson announces to seek re-election for District Two

Palmdale-Councilman Frederick Thompson has announced today that he will seek re-election, for District Two on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

The City Council appointed Fred Thompson to a vacancy on its board, council voted unanimously in a motion to appoint Thompson to Councilwoman Laura Bettencourt’s vacated seat. Making the former Palmdale School District trustee the first African-American to serve on the council.

Thompson was elected in Palmdale’s Nov. 8, 2013 election, but he was prevented from being seated when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge voided the election in December due to the ongoing California Voting Rights Act lawsuit.

Prior to his election to the Council, he was elected to the Palmdale School Board and subsequently appointed to the City of Palmdale Planning Commission.

The City’s General Municipal Election is the First Tuesday following the First Monday in November of even-numbered years.

The City’s next General Municipal Election is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Polls open 7:00 a.m., close 8:00 p.m.

How are the Mayor and City Councilmembers elected?

The Office of the Mayor of the City shall be an elective office which shall have a term of two (2) years. The Mayor shall be elected by a city-wide election.

Starting with the November 8, 2016 General Municipal Election, City Councilmembers will no longer be elected on a city-wide basis. Councilmembers shall be elected by four (4) geographic districts. Each resident will vote for one (1) Councilmember to represent their district. Council candidates must reside in the district they are seeking to serve.

For the November 8, 2016 General Municipal Election ONLY, City Council Districts will have staggered terms as indicated on the table below. After the November 8, 2016 election, all Council District seats will have four (4) year terms.


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