Previous Elections

November 3, 2020, General Municipal Election

The City of Watsonville held its General Municipal Election on November 3, 2020. The nomination period took place between July 13 and August 27, 2020, to fill the vacancies in Districts 1, 2, and 6 on the Watsonville City Council, each for a full four-year term. 

Election Results: https://sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/ElectionSites/ElectionResults/Results

Candidate District Date Nomination Papers Pulled Date Nomination Papers Filed
Eduardo Montesino District 1 7/17/20 8/6/20 - Qualified
Aurelio Gonzalez District 2 7/13/20 7/22/20 - Qualified
Vanessa Quiroz-Carte District 2 7/13/20 8/3/20 - Qualified
Jimmy Dutra District 6 7/13/20 7/16/20 - Qualified
Richard Valdez District 6 7/15/20 Did Not File
Tony Gomez District 6 8/3/20 8/7/20 - Qualified

March 3, 2020

On November 12, 2019, the City Council approved Resolution No. 181-19 Ordering a Special Municipal Election to be called on whether to renew existing one-half of one percent sales tax for public safety by amending Article 11 (Transactions and Use Tax: Public Safety Sales Tax Measure) of Chapter 6 (Taxation) of Title 3 (Finance) Of The Watsonville Municipal Code; requesting Santa Cruz County Elections to Conduct the Election; requesting consolidation of the Election to be held on March 3, 2020.

     
YES 17,179 78.71%
NO 4,646 21.29%
November 6, 2018

The City of Watsonville held it's General Municipal Election on November 6, 2018. The nomination period took place between July 16, 2018, and August 10, 2018. The City placed one measure on the ballot.

Election Results: http://sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/ElectionSites/ElectionResults/Results?id 
Candidate Name District Date Nomination
Papers Pulled
Date Nomination
Papers Filed
Lowell Hurst
(Qualified)
District 3 7/16/18 8/8/18
(Qualified)
Francisco Estrada
(Qualified)
District 4 7/16/18 8/3/18
(Qualified)
Jenny T. Sarmiento
(Qualified)
District 4 7/16/18 8/1/18
(Qualified)
Casey Kraig Clark (Qualified) District 5 8/6/18 8/10/18
(Qualified)
Rebecca J. Garcia
(Qualified)
District 5 7/16/18
7/24/18
(Qualified)
Ari Parker
(Qualified)
District 7 7/16/18 8/7/18
(Qualified)
Steve Trujillo
(Qualified)
District 7 7/16/18 7/18/18
(Qualified)
Lupe Rivas
(Qualified)
District 7 7/16/18 8/9/18
(Qualified)

June 5, 2018 Special Municipal Election

The City of Watsonville held a Special Municipal Election on June 5, 2018. The nomination period took place between March 7, 2018, and March 14, 2018, to fill the vacancy in District 2. 

Election Results:  https://www.votescount.us/Home/PastElections/June5,2018CaliforniaPrimary.aspx

District 2 Click to expand

Color coded map of Council Districts with District 2 indicated
Candidate District Date Nomination
Papers Pulled
Date Nomination
Papers Filed
Jenni Veitch-Olson District 2 3/7/18 3/9/18
QUALIFIED
Aurelio Gonzalez District 2 3/8/18
3/13/18
QUALIFIED
Melodye Serino District 2 3/12/18 DID NOT QUALIFY
Lizette Bedolla Cruz District 2 3/12/18 DID NOT QUALIFY
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