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Bakersfield City Council approved special election for Ward 1

Bakersfield City Council (FILE)
Posted at 8:15 AM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 00:54:09-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield City Council approved plans for the November election, including having a special election to replace Ward 1 Councilman Willie Rivera.

Rivera, whose term is over in 2022, submitted his letter of resignation to the city in May, saying he would step down after his successor is chosen. He said he hoped the city could merge a special election for the Ward 1 seat with the general election scheduled for November in order to reduce costs.

In Wednesday's meeting, City Council approved plans to hold the general election on Nov. 3 for Wards 2, 5, and 6, as well as hold a special election for Ward 1 at the same time.

The filing period runs from July 13 through August 7. The nomination period will be extended to August 12, should an incumbent not file by the deadline.