, September 30, 2022
A general election will be held on Nov. 8, 2022, with local elections for three Vallejo City Council seats, two Benicia city council seats, Vallejo school board, Vacaville mayor, Solano County supervisor, multiple sales tax measures, and more. Use this page to explore the Vallejo Sun's coverage as the election approaches.
This election is the first time three Vallejo city council districts will be represented on the council. The districts were created when Vallejo moved to district-based elections from citywide seats in 2019.
Vallejo decided to adopt council districts after receiving a challenge letter from Southern California based-lawyer Kevin Shenkman in September 2018. Shenkman argued that the city’s at-large election format violated the California Voting Rights Act because there were no African American or Latino councilmembers on the council.
There will be a candidates forum for District 5, Central Vallejo, hosted by the Leachman Park Neighborhood Association at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
There will be a candidates night for District 5, Central Vallejo, hosted by the Washington Park Neighborhood Association and Berea Seventh Day Adventist Church at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
A forum for District 4, Downtown Vallejo and Mare Island, candidates will be held at Suite Treatments at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8.
The forum is the third hosted by the 411 Series Vallejo Seeking Solutions group, which is led by community advocates Liat Meitzenheimer, Mishel Deniz Adolph, Kimberly Nunez-Brandao, and Askari Sowonde.
A forum for District 2, North Vallejo, candidates was be held at the Church of Christ on Saturday, Sept. 17.
The forum was the second hosted by the 411 Series Vallejo Seeking Solutions group, which is led by community advocates Liat Meitzenheimer, Mishel Deniz Adolph, Kimberly Nunez-Brandao, and Askari Sowonde.
A forum for District 5, Central Vallejo, candidates was held at Bridgeway Church on Saturday, Sept. 10.
The forum was the first hosted by the 411 Series Vallejo Seeking Solutions group, which is led by community advocates Liat Meitzenheimer, Mishel Deniz Adolph, Kimberly Nunez-Brandao, and Askari Sowonde.
Candidates from all three races participated in a candidates' forum held at the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
The four men vying to represent District 4 introduced themselves during a candidates' forum hosted by the St. Vincent’s Neighborhood Coalition.
Five candidates are running for two seats on the Benicia City Council this fall. Council incumbents Lionel Largaespada and Christina Strawbridge are both seeking re-election. Planning commissioner Kari Birdseye, who was defeated by Largaespada and Strawbridge in 2018, is running again, while retired executive Terry Scott and retired teacher William Innes have also launched campaigns.
As Benicia does not have election districts for its council, the top two vote-getters will be elected to the council.
A forum for Benicia City Council candidates hosted by the League of Women Voters of Solano County will be held at the Benicia Senior Citizen's Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
The only Vallejo Unified School District Board of Education trustee area that will be on the ballot in November is Trustee Area 5, which represents southeast Vallejo. Like the city council, the school board moved to trustee areas instead of citywide elections in 2018.
Three candidates are running for the seat, including two incumbents. Current trustees John Fox and Tony Gross, both elected in 2018 before the district moved to trustee areas, are challenged by Ajit S. Bhandal, who is listed on the ballot as a naturopathic practitioner.
A Vallejo school board candidates forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Emmanuel Apostolic Church at 900 Sixth St.
The forum is hosted by the 411 Series Vallejo Seeking Solutions group, which is led by community advocates Liat Meitzenheimer, Mishel Deniz Adolph, Kimberly Nunez-Brandao, and Askari Sowonde.
In Vallejo, voters will decide on Measure P, a proposed seven-eighths-cent sales tax increase. City officials say the tax hike would generate $18 million annually for the city’s general fund and would be used to address blight, illegal dumping, homelessness, roads, provide fire and police protection, and keep public spaces clean.
Benicia has placed a three-quarter-cent increase on the November ballot called Measure R. Benicia anticipates the new sales tax rate would generate $5 million more annually. It would be a general tax but the measure’s description states the city will prioritize “repairing, paving and maintaining streets, fixing potholes, improving safe routes to schools and fixing aging storm drains.”
The Benicia City Council also placed Measure K on the ballot to decide whether to extend the duration of an Urban Growth Boundary, which is expected to sunset on Dec. 31, 2023.
Benicia voters first approved the 20-year plan in November 2003 to prevent urban sprawl, and preserve agricultural land and open space in the city. Measure K would allow the Urban Growth Boundary to remain in place until Dec. 31, 2043.
“The Benicia Urban Growth Boundary ("UGB") encouraged a cohesive pattern of urbanization, promoted efficient and orderly growth patterns, supported stability and certainty in long term planning,” the draft ordinance states.