Candidates for November Election Must File by Aug. 12


    Three is the magic number this November with the Orinda City Council, the Orinda Union School District (OUSD) and the Moraga-Orinda Fire Department (MOFD) all having three positions available in the Nov. 8 general election.
    The City Council is responsible for establishing policy, passing ordinances, voting on appropriations and has overall authority in the city government. The five elected officials serve staggered four-year terms with the Council meeting on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
    The OUSD’s Board of Trustees functions as the legislative body of the district and establishes policies and goals by which the school district is operated. Five citizens are elected to serve overlapping terms of four years each. They generally meet on the second Monday of each month.
    Elected to represent specific geographical districts, MOFD has openings on the November ballot for representatives from Districts One, Three and Four. Maps for each district can be found at
    The deadline for filing is Aug. 12. If an incumbent does not file by the nomination deadline, the seat is extended five calendar days (Aug. 17) to non-incumbents only.
    For more information and to obtain a Candidate’s Guide for OUSD and MOFD positions, go to For a Candidate’s Guide for the City Council positions, contact City Clerk Sheri Smith at 925-253-4221 or email
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