The City of Duarte will have seven distinct districts for future City Council elections starting in November of 2018. Under the district-based method, voters may elect City Council candidates only from their district. Click here to see Council adopted map.
Click here to view an interactive map of the districts. This provides users an easy way to look up the district locations and the resulting district number.
Beginning with the November 2018 election, voters will participate in the first district-based election when five City Council seats will be up for election. Those will be in District 1 (the far north and central portion of the City), District 4 (the northeast portion), District 5 (the central portion of the City), District 6 (South of the 210 to the Southern Central border) and District 7 (southwest portion of City below 210 freeway).. The District 7 seat will initially be for a two-year term. Incumbent Councilmember Tzeitel Paras Caracci lives in District 1, Councilmember Margaret Finlay resides in District 4, Councilmember Sam Kang resides in District 5 and no incumbents live in either District 6 or 7.
In the November 2020 election, voters in Districts 2 (spanning from north Duarte to a portion of the southern border) and 3 (northeast section of the City) and 7 will each elect a City Councilmember. Mayor John Fasana lives in District 2, Mayor Pro-Tem Liz Reilly lives in District 2 and the District 7 seat will be on the ballot again, this time, for a four-year term.
The Duarte City Council on voted at its November 13, 2017 public hearing to adopt the seven-district election map. The final map was chosen after the Council listened to the public during five public hearings, considered suggestions and reviewed 17 draft maps submitted by the public and six maps reflecting five, seven and nine district configurations submitted by the City-hired demographer. Overall, the Council decided that the City's population had to be equally divided into seven districts; all districts had to all contain a portion of one of the City’s business districts; each district had to contain a park; districts had to keep communities of interest together and adhere to the rules set by both the Federal and California Voting Rights Acts. The Council also wanted to ensure both continuity and decision making as the City transitioned to district elections over the next two election cycles.
Like more than 70 other cities and 155 school districts across the state, Duarte has completed the transition to District based election for City Council. Duarte responded to a potential challenge by a private legal group relating to its current at-large election process. As has been the case across the State, challengers to the “at-large” voting method allege it is inconsistent with the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). The City Council decided to take advantage of recent legislation (AB 350) that provides a short window of opportunity to discuss, invite public input and ultimately decide whether to adopt a district-based City Council election process.
On September 20, 2017, the Duarte City Council adopted a Resolution declaring its intent to transition to district-based elections. While the City did not concede that its current election system is in any way inconsistent with the law, the track record of other “at-large” jurisdictions that have refused to make the change, and the prohibitive cost of litigation to defend the at large system, are motivating the change. Other municipalities who have chosen not to make the change have paid as much as $4.7 million in legal fees to plaintiffs and $2 million for their own defense.