City of Concord California


News Release



January 17, 2018

Concord launches new platform to encourage residents to comment on district-based election boundaries

The Concord City Council is seeking input from residents in the process to  change the way City Councilmembers are elected.

Currently, five City Councilmembers are elected at-large, meaning that all registered voters in Concord have the opportunity to vote for all five council positions. Under the new system, City Councilmembers will be elected by district. One Councilmember, who lives in a district, will be elected by registered voters who also live in the same district.

The City Council has prioritized keeping neighborhoods together within the new districts, and asks residents to help identify their neighborhood boundaries and communities of interest. At the first of four public hearing on Jan. 16, the City Council heard comments from 22 residents.

A new outreach platform has launched, allowing residents to submit comments online through Concord Community Town Hall. A link to the program is available from the City's website, www.cityofconcord.org by clicking on the "Town Hall" tab in the middle of the page. The link is also available from the District Elections webpage at www.cityofconcord.org/districtelections.

Residents are also welcome to submit comments any time by email to districtelections@cityofconcord.org or by mail to City of Concord, District Elections - attn. Laura Simpson, 1950 Parkside Dr., MS 01B, Concord, CA 94519.

A second public hearing to receive input from residents about where their neighborhoods or communities of interest are located will be held next Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Drive in the Council Chamber.
At two future public hearings, a draft map or maps will be available for review and comments. These public hearings will take place Feb. 6 and Feb. 27. A final map or maps will go to the City Council for a vote on March 13.

The meetings are televised on Concord Cable TV channels Comcast 28, Astound 29, AT&T U-verse 99, and will be streamed live on the City's website from the home page.

For more information or to schedule a presentation on district elections to your community group, visit the District Elections page on the City's website at www.cityofconcord.org/districtelections, email districtelections@cityofconcord.org or contact Planning Manager Laura Simpson, (925) 671-3369, Laura.Simpson@cityofconcord.org.



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