2016 General Election

Nomination papers for three seats on the Arcata City Council may be picked up starting Monday, July 18, 2016, through Friday, August 12, 2016, in the City Manager's office at Arcata City Hall.

Qualifications for citizens wishing to run for City Council include:
  • that they are at least 18 years of age,
  • live within the Arcata city limits,
  • and are a voter registered at their residence address.
Nominees must obtain at least 20, and no more than 30, signatures of voters who reside within the Arcata city limits and are registered to vote at the address at which they reside.

The City Council adopts laws and sets policy to guide the City Manager and city staff in the operation of the city. City Council members attend two regular City Council meetings a month, plus periodic special meetings or study sessions, and meetings of various regional agencies of which the city is a member.