Learn about running for Atascadero's City Council in upcoming talk

The public is invited to hear a discussion by city officials on what is required to run for local office in Atascadero. The event, called "The Nuts and Bolts of Running for a City Council Seat," is planned for 6 p.m. June 28 at City Hall, 6907 El Camino Real.

Those interested in running for a City Council seat in the November election must file for candidacy between July 16 and Aug. 10.

“It’s not just for candidates,” Atascadero City Clerk Marcia Torgerson said of the event. “The process of running for a council seat is a fascinating lesson in civics.”

The election process, legal paperwork, candidate statements, the Code of Fair Campaign Practices and regulations governing campaign signs will be among the topics presented, she added.

The five-member Atascadero City Council is responsible for approving city laws and services. It also appoints the city manager, city attorney and various other commissions, boards and citizens advisory committees.

The mayor’s seat and two council member seats are up for grabs this November.

The incumbents in those seats are current Mayor Bob Kelley and council members Jerry Clay and Roberta Fonzi.

Atascadero voters will choose their mayor for this first time this election. The mayor’s seat will be a two-year term, while the council members serve staggered four-year terms.

For more information, contact Torgerson at 460-3400 or mtorgerson@atascadero.org.