MALIBU—Malibu will hold its general municipal election on Tuesday, November 8,  and according to the city of Malibu, they have adjusted the ballot to coincide with the national election date to increase voter participation. The ballot will include filling three seats on the Malibu City Council. On Monday, July 18, the city started the nomination process for potential candidates which will run from July 18 to August 12.

“Malibu residents care deeply about the matters that impact our community, and participating in the election is one of the most important ways to make their voice and vision heard,” said Mayor Lou La Monte. “Unfortunately, we still have low voter participation. By changing the election date, we hope to make it more convenient for Malibu residents to participate in the democratic process.”

Council members John Sibert and Joan House will not be eligible for re-election once their terms are completed. The Mayor Pro Tem seat is also available, but the current Pro Tem can run for re-election. The city’s website states that in May 2015, the City Council voted to consolidate the city elections with the statewide general election in November of even years.

Canyon News spoke with Heather Glaser, Acting City Clerk for the city of Malibu who stated that those who are interested in running need to make an appointment with her to get nomination papers. Glaser indicated that, “these prospective candidates would need not less than 20 and not more than 30 qualified signatures from other voters registered within incorporated Malibu, and then submit all of their required paperwork to the City Clerk’s Office by the close of business on August 12, or, should the incumbent fail to file by then, the close of business on August 17.”

Glaser also told Canyon News that there are already people who are interested in running. She indicated that those who already pulled their nomination papers includes, Rick Mullen, Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner, Laureen Sills, Jennifer deNicola, and Carl Randall.

Residents can checkout the city of Malibu’s elections page at which will be updated regularly with new information.

Those interested in running for City Council, must request an appointment to receive a nomination packet by emailing or calling Glaser at the City Clerk’s office at or 310-456-2489 ext. 228.