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District 1 Council Vacancy

UPDATED 10/9/19

City Council Member Barbara Hamilton announced at the Oct. 8 City Council meeting that her previously announced resignation would be effective immediately. Her District 1 seat on the council is now vacant.

She had initially said Oct. 31 would be her last day of service.

Her official letter of resignation was received Oct. 9. That triggered a 60-day period during which the City Council can appoint someone to serve the rest of the term or call for a special election to fill the seat. Under the Carlsbad Municipal Code, if 10 percent of the voters in District 1 sign a petition during those 60 days calling for an election, the City Council must fill the vacancy by an election.

Hamilton was elected to a four-year term November 2018.

UPDATED 9/29/19

The City Attorney has prepared this additional information regarding the vacancy.


City Council Member Barbara Hamilton announced plans at Tuesday’s City Council meeting to step down from her seat effective Oct. 31. According to the Carlsbad Municipal Code, which is a collection of the city’s laws, vacancies can be filled by City Council appointment or an election.

Following the City Council meeting, the City Attorney provided the City Council with a memo outlining the options for filling the vacancy. 

Council Member Hamilton was elected in November 2018 to represent District 1, which is in the northwest part of Carlsbad. City Council terms are four years.

For more information about the process for filling City Council vacancies, visit the city’s website and search the Carlsbad Municipal Code section 2.04.030.

October 15, 2019