City of Coronado

The deadline for filing to run for a seat on the Coronado City Council has now passed and the list of candidates has been finalized. The candidates, listed in the order they will appear on the ballot for the Nov. 3, 2020, General Municipal Election are Casey Tanaka, Mike Donovan, John Duncan, and Tim Rohan. The four candidates are competing for two City Council seats.

Incumbent Mayor Richard Bailey is running unopposed for his second term in that position.

According to Coronado City Clerk Jennifer Ekblad, Rohan, the final City Council candidate to file, has had his paperwork verified by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

Ekblad added there is one possible wrinkle to the Nov. 3 election, as there is a period from Sept. 7 to Oct. 20 where a candidate can file to be a write-in candidate. “They would still have to qualify and they fill out the same nomination forms,” Ekblad explained. “A write-in candidate still has to have 20 registered voters sign a form. During the election, the write-in candidate’s name would physically have to be written in on the ballot.”

A bit of election trivia includes how the candidates are listed on the ballot. Ekblad said, “August 13, the California Secretary of State did a random drawing of the entire alphabet and the order on the ballot is based on the candidate’s last name.” In the case of incumbent Councilmember Mike Donovan and Candidate John Duncan, the same randomly generated list was used for the second letter in their last names to determine the final order.

If you are not registered to vote, the easiest way to register is online through the website To complete the registration process you will need:

Your California driver’s license or California identification card number

The last four digits of your Social Security number and

Your date of birth

The deadline for voter registration for the November 3rd election, is Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.

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