How to Serve on the City Council

The Arcata City Council is composed of five members elected at large by the citizens of Arcata to be the legislative policy-making branch of city government. The Council directs the course of local government through its power to adopt ordinances, levy taxes, award contracts, and appoint certain city officers, commissions and committees.
June 2016 Arcata City Council

Candidate Requirements:

To become a candidate for Arcata City Council, one must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a registered voter, registered at and residing at an address within the city limits of Arcata
  • Take out nomination papers which will be available at the City Clerk's Office located at Arcata City Hall beginning Monday, July 13, 2020. Photo identification listing name, address and date of birth must be presented when taking out papers
  • Gather a minimum of 20, and not more than 30, signatures of voters registered at an address within the city limits of Arcata
  • Return completed nomination papers to the City Clerk no later than Friday, August 7, 2020
  • The 2020 Arcata City Council Candidate Guide can be found here

Fair Political Practices Commission Forms 

Under the Political Reform Act administered by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), City Clerks are the local Filing Officers for their cities. The Filing Officer is the person who receives and retains original Statements of Economic Interests (FPPC Form 700) and pre-election campaign statements for candidates and ballot measures.

Information on how and when to file FPPC forms, and the forms themselves can be found at the Fair Political Practices Commission's website. For information regarding completion of the forms, please call the FPPC's advice line at 1-866-ASK-FPPC (866-275-3772).