On November 19, 2018, the City Council held a second reading of an ordinance adopting changes to the Mill Valley Municipal Code, changing the date of the City's General Municipal Election to comply with the Regulations of Senate Bill 568. SB 568 will, beginning in January, 2019, change the date of the statewide direct primary and the presidential primary to be the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March and would require that those elections be consolidated with local elections.
Before the 2017 Election change to March of even-numbered years, the City of Mill Valley held its elections in November of odd-numbered years (since 1992). Tradition held that the first Council meeting in December of each year was set aside as a meeting to welcome newly elected Councilmembers to the dais, thank the Mayor and Vice Mayor for serving the previous 12 months, and to elect and welcome a new Mayor and Vice Mayor for the upcoming year.
Now that our local elections will take place in March, the Council determined, through a series of public meetings, that the incoming Councilmembers and the Mayoral and Vice Mayoral terms (December - December) are no longer in sync. Council determined the best course of action was to add three months to the 2018 Mayoral term currently being served by Stephanie Moulton-Peters.
The new mayoral transition will be moved to the first regular meeting of the Council after election results have been certified by the Marin County Elections Department. The individual elected to the post will serve as Mayor until March 2020, where the City will hold its next General Municipal Election. At this point, the Mayoral terms and Councilmember terms would again be synced with the election date.
Additional information regarding the change of the election date and mayoral transition may be found in the links below: