Many years ago, Redlands elected its city council members by District. The City preferred to elect its members “at large,” with members not elected by voters in just a certain area in the city but voted on by everyone in the city. The City continued in the “at large” format for decades. In 2016, to avoid a potential lawsuit under the California Voting Rights Act of 2001, the City decided to return to the District system. While all of the council seats are currently still at large, the next 4-year election cycle for each council seat will change the seat to a District seat.
Note: The seat that will become the District 4 seat in 2020 will be appointed for a year, and then have another at-large election in 2018 to finish Pat Gilbreath’s 4-year term that she was elected to in 2016.
Joe is running for the seat in District 3 in 2018, where he has lived since 2005.