Election Information


General Council Election Information 

General Municipal Elections are conducted in the City of Chino in November of even-numbered years and are consolidated with the County of San Bernardino. The next municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for the following offices:

Council Member, District 1 (2-Year Term)

Council Member, District 2 (4-Year Term)

Council Member, District 3 (4-Year Term)


Mayor and Council Members are non-partisan positions, each serve a four-year term (with the exception of District 1 due to the retirement of former Council Member Glenn Duncan), and are sworn in by the next scheduled meeting of December in even-numbered years. There are no term limits. Terms are staggered so that three seats are available during one election cycle and two seats are available during the next cycle.

City Council Eligibility

Any member of the public who meets the requirements below may run for public office in the City of Chino. 

  • Candidates for the office of Mayor shall be at least 18 years of age, a resident and a registered voter within the City of Chino city limits at the time the nomination papers are issued.
  • Candidates for the office of Council Member shall be at least 18 years of age, a resident and a registered voter in the district they seek to represent at the time the nomination papers are issued.

Nomination Period

The Nomination Period for the November 6, 2018 Regular Municipal Election commences July 16, 2018 and ends August 10, 2018.

Note: Nomination Period Extended for District 3 Council Member. Incumbent Council Member Earl Elrod did not file Nomination Papers for reelection; therefore, the Nomination Period for District 3 Council Member is extended to Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm pursuant to the California Elections Code.

Nomination Papers are available in the office of the City Clerk located at 13220 Central Avenue, Chino, CA during regular business hours of 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Persons seeking nomination must be a resident and a registered voter of District 3 at the time the Nomination Papers are issued. For more information please contact the City Clerk’s office at (909) 334-3306.

The office of Mayor is elected by the voters citywide (at-large) and the next election date for this office is November 2020.

The election dates for the office of Council Member:

District 1 - November 2018 (Due to the retirement of former District 1 Council Member, Glenn Duncan)
District 2 - November 2018
District 3 - November 2018
District 4 - November 2020 

Nomination Documents

Candidates must obtain and complete the official nomination documents that are issued by the Office of the City Clerk. This is done during the official nomination period. Nomination forms are issued at no charge.

Office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except for City holidays. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (909) 334-3306. A candidate should be prepared to provide their name and residential address for validation of current voter registration and eligibility status.

Campaign Forms

For information on raising and spending money in connection with an election, visit the Fair Political Practices Commission website at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/

Political Signs

City of Chino Municipal Code Chapter 16.05 requires individuals to file a Political Sign Registration form with the Community Development Department before displaying political signs. Forms are available at City Hall, Planning Division or by calling (909) 334-3253. Political signs may only be displayed commencing 45 days prior to a scheduled election and must be removed 5 days following the election.


Table 16.05-1—Sign Regulation Matrix


Type, Number &




Political Signs

(1) There shall be no restriction as to the maximum number of permitted signs.
(2) Signs may only be placed on private property.

16 SF per sign.

No requirement.

(1) Any candidate, or his/her designee, or the proponents of a ballot measure who seek to utilize political signs, shall first register with the Community Development Department on a City registration form.
(2) Political sign(s) may only be displayed or erected within 45 days preceding an election. All such signs shall be removed within 5 days following the election.
(3) No political sign shall be placed or affixed to a tree, fence, wall, post, equipment, nor any structure by any means.
(4) Political signs are prohibited from being displayed on public facilities and rights-of-way, including but not limited to any curb, gutter, sidewalk or utility pole.
(5) No political sign shall be erected without first obtaining permission of the property owner whereupon the sign is placed.


If you would like additional information or are interested in running for office, please contact the City Clerk’s office by phone at (909) 334-3306 or by email at arobles@cityofchino.org.