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Redwood City seeking applicants to fill vacancy for City Council District 4

Applications are due Aug. 16 and applicants must reside in District 4 boundaries as drawn in the 2019 City Council Boundary Map
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The Redwood City Council voted last week that it plans to appoint a council member to the currently vacant district 4 to complete the remainder of Michael Smith’s term. 

Smith, who had served in the role since November 2020, stepped down last month to move back east to care for a family member. 

The city council must appoint an applicant to fill the district seat by Sept. 18. Otherwise, the city will have to hold a special election, per the city charter. 

The application period, which began on July 26, is open to residents and electors of district 4. Those applying must also be 18 years of age and a United States citizen. The city will use the redistricting maps from 2019. The application period closes on Aug. 16 at 5 p.m.

Once the application process has concluded, the city says that the city council will interview all eligible applicants at a special meeting tentatively scheduled for Aug. 22.

Interested applicants can apply via the city’s online application portal, which can be found here. The city will also be accepting applications via email to the city clerk at

Hard copy applications are also available at all city facilities. This includes City Hall, all libraries, Fair Oaks Community Center and the Community Activities Building. 

For more information, you can visit For questions or to request translation services to learn about the application process, you can contact the City Clerk at (650) 780-7220 or email


Michelle Iracheta

About the Author: Michelle Iracheta

Michelle Iracheta is the Redwood City Pulse editor. Her work has appeared in the Houston Chronicle, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Seattle Times and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Michelle, a Houston native, is married and has two dogs.
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