District Elections

PETALUMA FOR ALL

Big news! Petaluma has completed the transition to district elections. Thank you to everyone who provided input throughout this process. At their April 4, 2022 meeting, City Council adopted the District Elections ordinance which includes the final map and specifies which three districts will be the first to elect district representatives in 2022, and which three districts will elect district representatives in 2024.

As you will see below, Petaluma has been mapped into six districts of nearly equal population. Voters in each district will vote for one eligible candidate to represent them on the City Council. As outlined in the ordinance, Districts 1, 2, 3 will be the first three districts to elect district representatives in 2022. Districts 4, 5, 6, will then elect district representatives in 2024. The Mayoral seat will continue as an at-large seat, and be elected in 2022.

Below you can find the final map, a link to search what district you are in, as well other documents related to this transition.

FIND YOUR DISTRICT

CLICK HERE to search your address and learn your district.

Districts 1, 2, 3 will elect district representatives in 2022.

Districts 4, 5, 6 will elect district representatives in 2024.

Visit our Elections webpage to learn more, including how to register to vote and how to run for office.

MAP APPROVED BY COUNCIL

Thank you to everyone who provided input throughout this process. At their March 21, 2022 meeting, City Council approved a final map:

Draft Plan 2 - Idea Consolidation 2 (Updated)  PDF URL
  • PDF - view the map along with the atlas (data breakdown)
  • URL - view of the draft map that allows you to zoom in on district lines and streets to get a closer look

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL?

The City’s transition to district elections does not affect the terms of City Council members. 

  • The three Council members whose seats are not up for reelection in 2022 will continue to serve as at-large City Council members until the 2024 election.  
  • The three Council members whose seats are up for reelection in 2022 can only run for reelection if they live in a district that is sequenced to elect a representative in 2022. 

WHAT IS SEQUENCING?  

The District Elections Ordinance specifies which districts will be the first three to elect district representatives in 2022 (District 1, 2, 3), and which three districts will elect district representatives in 2024 (District 4, 5, 6).  The Mayoral seat will continue as an at-large seat, and be elected in 2022. 

The City Council selected sequencing at the public hearing on March 21, 2022.  The California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) provides some guidance about which new voting districts should elect their representatives first. The purposes of the CVRA include eliminating minority vote dilution to give members of a protected class an equal opportunity to elect the candidates of their choice.

District Elections Map - Final

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

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Community Draft Maps & Related Documents

View all the draft maps submitted by the public (each with an atlas with a data breakdown) and documents related to the City of Petaluma's transition to district elections. Click here.

Community of Interest (COI)

The Community of Interest forms provided by the community informed this transition. To learn what a Community of Interest is, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

The City has put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions - click here. Additional questions can be sent to the City via email or by signing up to receive email updates or share questions/comments.

QUICK LINKS

PREVIOUSLY PRESENTED DRAFT MAPS

Draft Plans presented by Redistricting Partners - reviewed at March 21 Public Hearing #6

Along with the four prior public hearings, on March 7, 2022 City Council held Public Hearing #5 for both the Council and members of the public to review draft district maps and information provided by staff about the map features. They then walked through the remaining steps in the district transition process, including the potential sequencing of the district elections. At that hearing, the City Council reviewed a selection of maps and chose one for final approval:

Draft Plan 2 - Idea Consolidation 2 PDF URL
Draft Plan 2 - Idea Consolidation 2 (Updated)  PDF URL

Draft Plans created by Redistricting Partners - reviewed at March 7 Public Hearing #5

Updates based on direction provided by City Council on Feb. 14

In addition to Draft Plan A, Version 3, six of the publicly submitted maps were elevated as Draft Plans.

Draft Map A Version 3 PDF URL
Draft Plan 1 - Idea Consolidation 1 PDF URL
Draft Plan 2 - Idea Consolidation 2 PDF URL
Draft Plan 3 - Districting Plan PDF URL
Draft Plan 4 - Duste Plan PDF URL
Draft Plan 5 - Hybrid Plan (District Plan for Westside, Duste Plan for Eastside) PDF URL
Draft Plan 6 - NH 1 PDF URL

Draft Plan A, Version 2 - reviewed at Feb. 14 Public Hearing #4

Updates based on direction provided by City Council on Jan. 31

Draft Map A, Version 2 PDF URL

Maps Presented by Redistricting Partners at Jan. 31 Public Hearing #3

Available online since Jan. 24

Draft Map A PDF URL
Draft Map B PDF URL
Draft Map C PDF URL

 

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