City Council District Elections
On June 19, 2018, the Torrance City Council adopted an ordinance establishing by-district elections for City Council offices and approved an election calendar for the newly created districts. Previously, each Councilmember was elected for a “At-Large” 4-Year term which means they serve in an “At-large” capacity and are allowed to live anywhere in the City of Torrance. However, when their 4-Year term expires, they will be required to live within the boundaries of the district that is on the ballot during that election in order for them to be able to run for a 4-Year term to that City Council district seat.
Elections are held every two years, on the even year. March 3, 2020 was the first district election. Districts 2, 4, and 6 were introduced in April 2020 and Districts 1, 3, and 5 will be introduced in 2022. After all of the districts have been introduced, the City Council will be comprised of six Councilmembers who each live in and represent one of the established districts and one Mayor, who will remain elected “At-Large”.
In the Council/Manager form of government, the City Council, as the elected body, adopts legislation, sets policy, adjudicates issues and establishes the budget of the City. The City Council appoints the City Manager and the City Attorney. The City Manager is charged with the duty of implementing City Council policy and laws as the administering head of the government. The City Council appoints volunteers to serve on various advisory boards, commissions and committees. Councilmembers and the Mayor may serve as representatives on intergovernmental and regional boards, commissions and committees as part of their elected capacity. Councilmembers and the Mayor are directly accountable to the electorate and must constantly balance the views of individuals and groups with the needs of the entire community.
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Elections are the heart of a democracy. Voters have the privilege of choosing leaders that set the direction for the local community, county, state and federal governments. Torrance, a large city of 150,000 with a hometown feel, has more than 84,029 registered voters. We take pride in our community and it shows in the caliber of leaders over the years.
In order to make your vote count to the fullest, we are presenting information to assist you in making informed choices and decisions whether you vote by mail or visit a local polling place.
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