Election Procedures & Deadlines

The Indian Wells Valley Water District is governed by a five-person Board of Directors, each member of which must be a resident of the District. Members of the Board are elected by residents of the District. The next election for a Board seat will be held November 2018.  For 2016 General Election results, click here.

A Notice of District Election is sent from the Kern County Elections office. Anyone seeking office of a Board member may go to the elections office website and take advantage of the candidate application process. There, a candidate may complete their candidate information page and, if desired, input their candidate statement. The candidate must still come into the office (1115 Truxtun Avenue, 1st and 2nd Floor, Bakersfield, CA) to complete the filing to become a candidate.

There is one day in Ridgecrest at the Kern County Administration Building, 400 N. China Lake Blvd., that filing may be completed.  Declarations of Candidacy papers may be obtained in August 2018, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 400 N. China Lake Blvd., Ridgecrest.

Each candidate for nonpartisan elective office may prepare a Candidate’s Statement pursuant to Section 13307 of the Elections Code.  Such statements may include the name, age, and occupation of the candidate and a brief description of no more than 200 words of the candidate’s education and qualifications expressed by the candidate.  Each statement shall be included in the Sample Ballot, which is mailed to each voter.

Each candidate filing a statement will be required to pay in advance their pro rata share as a condition of having their statement included in the Sample Ballot.

Current law requires all candidates to file a Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700) with the county elections office where they file their declaration of candidacy. These forms can be found on the FPPC website and are due no later than the final filing date for the declaration of candidacy.

Qualifications of a nominee and of an elective officer of the district:

Resident elector must reside within the District boundaries.

Term

The term of each Board member (other than a member appointed to fill a vacancy) is four years. The directors’ terms of office are staggered; continuity in policy and administration is achieved by providing that a portion of the board membership is elected at one general district election and the remaining portion is elected two years later at the general district election held in that year. The general election for the district is held in November of each even-numbered year (Resolution 93-06, adopted February 8, 1992, providing that the election of the governing Board members for the District be held on the same day as the statewide general election and extending the terms of present Board members as allowed).

Vacancies

Vacancies in the office of director are filled as provided by law. The pertinent code sections provide that the remaining Board members may fill the vacancy by appointment or by calling an election to fill the vacancy. Either action must be taken within 60 days of the vacancy. If the Board fails to act on this matter within 60 days of the vacancy, then the Kern County Board of Supervisors may fill the vacancy within 90 days of the vacancy or order the district to call an election to fill the vacancy. If the Board of Supervisors fails to act, an election becomes mandatory.

Before making an appointment, a notice of vacancy must be posted in three or more conspicuous places in the District at least 15 days before the appointment is made. Persons appointed to fill a vacancy hold office until the next general district election and thereafter until the person elected at such election to fill the vacancy has been qualified. Persons elected to fill a vacancy hold office for the unexpired balance of the term of office.

Assuming Office

Directors elected or appointed at a general district election take office at noon on the last Friday in November (the same month in which the general district election is held). Persons appointed to fill a vacancy in the office of director take office immediately upon taking and subscribing the official oath and filing it with the secretary of the District. Directors elected or appointed at a general district election must also take and subscribe the official oath and file it with the secretary of the District before assuming office.

Important Contact Information

Kern County Election Office
661-868-3590
1-800-452-8683
Fax: 661-868-3768
www.co.kern.ca.us/elections/

Secretary of State
Elections Division: 1-916-657-2166
Elections Fax: 1-916-653-3214
www.sos.ca.gov

Fair Political Practices Commission
Technical Assistance Division: 1-866-ASK-FPPC or 1-916-322-5660
Fax 1-916-322-0886
Enforcement Complaints: 1-800-561-1861
www.fppc.ca.gov

California Code
www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html

Department of Transportation
General Information: 1-916-651-9327
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