County officials approved a request to move the date for the Winters general municipal elections.
On Dec. 21, the Winters City Council adopted Ordinance 2021-05 amending the Winters Municipal Code and changing the date of the general municipal election from the March/June statewide primary date to the November statewide general election date.
City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa gave two reasons for the proposed change: November elections have higher turnout and consolidation reduces expense.
After the City Council adopted the ordinance, it was sent to the Yolo Elections Office and then to the Board of Supervisor for final approval. The Winters ordinance required approval by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors to be effective.
At the Jan. 11 Yolo Board of Supervisors meeting, supervisors unanimously approved the request from the City of Winters to move the date of their general municipal elections. In prior years, Winters local elections have taken place alongside primaries held in March and June.
Now, beginning with November 2022 election, the general and statewide elections will be consolidated. This action shifts the date for the Winters City Council election from March to November.
Consequently, the terms of three sitting council members, Mayor Wade Cowan, Councilmember Pierre Neu and Councilmember Harold Anderson, are extended eight months to the November 2022 election.
Meanwhile Mayor Pro Tempore Bill Biasi and Councilmember Jesse Loren’s terms set to expire in March 2024 are extended to November 2024.
The City of Winters is the last city in Yolo County to have moved their general municipal election to the November statewide primary date.
The next Winters City Council meeting was held on Tuesday.
The next Yolo County Board of Supervisors meets on Tuesdays at 9 a.m.