District Elections

On May 2, 2023, the Glendale City Council initiated a process to undertake a transition in the makeup of its governing body. The City is proposing to transition from citywide (at large) elections to district elections to elect its City Councilmembers.

The City is considering a plan for six (6) separate council districts and a directly elected mayor. From May to October, the Council held multiple hearings and meetings to seek community input on this topic.

On October 24, 2023, the Glendale City Council conducted a study session on districts and alternative voting methods. The City Council chose to postpone the proposed shift to City Council districts and a district map, initially planned for the March 2024 election to the November 2024 election. At the study session, the City Council also identified seven maps for additional consideration.

At a public hearing held on November 7, 2023, Glendale City Council reviewed the seven previously identified maps and identified three focus maps to drive further discussion and feedback from residents. These focus maps, along with input about the overall process, will be discussed with stakeholder groups (in January and February) and during public forums in April 2024.

If this plan is put before Glendale voters and approved in November 2024, it would take effect beginning with Council elections starting in 2026. The City will be divided into six (6) districts of approximately equal population. Only voters who live within a district will vote for council candidates who are also residents and voters of the same district.

We need your help to draw the proposed City Council districts!

One of our primary goals when drawing City Council districts is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods and communities of interest. So we want to know: What do you consider the boundaries of your neighborhood? Which areas should be in just one district for fair representation?

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Districting Pros and Cons
How to Participate?

Share your specific thoughts, draw a map, or attend an upcoming workshop to get involved!

At the hearings and workshops, we encourage members of the public to share one or more of the following items:

  • Define your neighborhood or community of interest
  • Explain why you believe districting is relevant to your community
  • Get the tools you need to draw a map of one district or of all 6 districts
  • Share your opinions of the draft maps
  • Talk to your neighbors and local organizations
  • Ask questions or provide general comments about the districting process