Elections

Elections are at the core of city functions, and issues can arise at any stage of the process, from candidate nomination through post-election challenges.
 
Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law attorneys are recognized leaders in advising on a wide range of legal and tactical issues impacting cities with regard to local elections. Our lawyers regularly assist city clients with all types of elections, advising on everything from candidate nomination all the way through final canvass of election results. We are experienced in initiative drafting, filing, publication and circulation, handling ballot arguments, advising on campaign regulations, election contests, election timing, ballot security, recall procedures, ballot recounts, election result contests and other post-election matters.
 
Our lawyers routinely help municipal clients with drafting and placing their own local initiative measures on the ballot, as well as in responding to citizen-driven initiative and referendum measures. Further, we advise clients on current election law issues, including lawsuits under the California Voting Rights Act, which is forcing cities and other local agencies to change from an “at large” to “by district” election format. We are experienced in helping cities convert to a “by district” format, working to establish proportional voting districts as required by federal and state law, and we also advise on redistricting/reapportionment issues that often arise whenever a new federal census report is published.
 
BB&K municipal lawyers provide guidance on the Political Reform Act and campaign finance issues, including any new campaign finance regulations issued by the Fair Political Practices Commission and the Federal Election Commission. Our lawyers have advised many cities to ensure that local candidates and political action committees comply with applicable campaign disclosure requirements and have helped cities draft their own local campaign contribution limitation ordinances to the extent permitted by law.
 
While our primary purpose is to assist city clients with legal issues, our vast range of elections experience enables us to advise our clients on the best tactical strategy to ensure the desired political outcome for the city.

  • Assisted the City of La Habra Heights through two highly contested election matters – defending its interests in court concerning a controversial “anti-fracking” measure and guiding the City through a ballot recount procedure for its City Council election. 
  • Assisted the City of Long Beach in placing a complex transactions and use (sales) tax measure before its voters for approval.
  • Helped numerous city clients in responding to initiative measures regarding legalizing medical marijuana within their jurisdictions.
Sigrid K. Asmundson

Sigrid K. Asmundson

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2853

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Partner

(949) 263-2603

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal | Public Contracts & Construction
William J. Priest

William J. Priest

Of Counsel

(909) 483-6648

Areas of Focus: Elections | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction
Ann M. Siprelle

Ann M. Siprelle

Partner

(916) 551-2834

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Scott C. Smith

Scott C. Smith

Partner

(949) 263-6561

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law
Pamela Thompson

Pamela Thompson

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2832

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law
Kara K. Ueda

Kara K. Ueda

Partner

(916) 551-2822

Areas of Focus: Elections | Environmental Litigation | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Iris P. Yang

Iris P. Yang

Partner

(916) 551-2826

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public-Private Partnerships
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