Contact the City Clerk:
Michelle Thornbrugh, City Clerk
650 Merchant St.
Vacaville, CA 95688
The City Clerk's Office is located within the City Manager's Office at Vacaville City Hall. The City Clerk's Office is responsible for a wide-variety of duties. The City Clerk's Office provides City Council support, including compilation and distribution of Council agenda packets, elections administration, and records management.
The City Clerk administers democratic processes such as elections, access to City records, and all legislative actions ensuring transparency to the public. The City Clerk acts as a compliance officer for federal, state, and local statutes including the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act, and the Public Records Act. The Office performs various professional and managerial duties according to the Municipal Code, and State and Federal Laws.
- As the custodian of records, the City Clerk's Office records the official actions of the municipal government, documents the proceedings of meetings, and retains other legal and historical records, such as ordinances, resolutions, minutes, agendas and deeds.
- Prepares the agenda and minutes for City Council meetings. City Council meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.
- Maintains the Vacaville Municipal Code, coordinates the City's board, commission, and committee member appointments, accepts public records requests.
- As the Elections official, the City Clerk administers the election process. Voter registration and voting is coordinated with the Solano County Registrar of Voters.
- Administers oaths of office, facilitates the execution of official and legislative processes including administering provisions of the Political Reform Act of 1974, certifies adoption of resolutions and ordinances, and attends all City Council meetings.
- Administers the provisions of the Municipal Code, State and Federal Laws, the Ralph M. Brown Act (Open Meeting Law), Public Records Act, and Political Reform Act.
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A. Council members from Districts 1, 3, and 5 shall be elected at the General Municipal Election in November 2020 and every four years thereafter.
B. A council member from District 6 shall be elected at the General Municipal Election in November 2020 for a two-year term.
C. Council members from Districts 2, 4, and 6 shall be elected at the General Municipal Election in November 2022 and every four years thereafter.
STAFF REPORTS, VIDEOS FROM COUNCIL MEETINGS REGARDING DISTRICT ELECTIONSStaff report from the May 8, 2018 City Council meeting declaring the intention to switch from at-large to district elections in the City of Vacaville.
Staff report from the May 22, 2018 City Council meeting - First Public Hearing on District Elections in Vacaville.
Staff Report from the June 12, 2018 City Council meeting - Second Public Hearing on District Elections in Vacaville.
Staff Report for the July 10, 2018 Public Hearing on District Elections - Third Public Hearing on District Elections in Vacaville
Staff Report from the August 14, 2018 City Council meeting - Fourth Public Hearing on District Elections in Vacaville.
Voter and Election Information
The City of Vacaville General Municipal Election is held in November during even-numbered years. This year's election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. After the November election the City Council will be composed of seven Council Members (previously five). Council Members serve for staggered terms of four years. Additional information is available on our District Elections tab and in the Candidate Guide.
The City of Vacaville consolidates its regular elections with the Solano County Registrar of Voters. For voter registration and general election information, including registering/re-registering to vote and registration deadlines, visit the Solano County Registrar of Voters website, or call (707) 784-6675.
The registration deadline is 15 days before an election. For the November 3, 2020 General Election the deadline to register to vote is October 19, 2020. Registered voters must be U.S. citizens, residents of the City of Vacaville, 18 years of age or older on the date of the election, and not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.You may register to vote online at the California Secretary of State's website. Re-registration is required if you have moved since you last registered, changed your name, or changed your political party affiliation.
Eligibility and Candidacy
The City Council Candidate Guide has been prepared to assist candidates interested in running for the office of City Council. The City Council Candidate Guide, Nomination Papers, and other nomination documents are available from the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours by making an appointment with the City Clerk.
To be eligible to run for office, a candidate must be a resident and registered voter of the district, within the City of Vacaville, in which they are running before circulating nomination papers. To determine your district, click here to search by residential address.
This is the period when individuals officially receive, circulate, and file nomination papers for candidacy.
The Nomination Period for candidates opens at 8:30 a.m. on July 13, 2020 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on August 7, 2020. If an incumbent fails to submit nomination papers by this deadline, non-incumbent candidates will have until 5:00 p.m. on August 12, 2018 to file nomination papers.
Candidates are encouraged to contact the City Clerk to schedule an appointment to take out and/or file nomination papers during the Nomination Period.