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Election results and what’s next

With yesterday’s municipal election behind us, you might be wondering about the results and what happens next. Results

At this point … I can confidently offer a hearty congratulations to our new City Clerk Sherry Freisinger, who ran unopposed for this position. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Sherry worked for many years in the Office of the City Clerk before retiring from the city. We are happy to welcome her back, now as our elected City Clerk. As for the other items on the ballot, including Mayor, City Council Districts 1 and 3, City Treasurer and Measure J on the Monroe Street Pool, I am afraid we won’t have official results for about a month. Here’s an interesting article the county put out Monday explaining the vote-counting process.

  • The County of San Diego Registrar of Voters posted its Election Night Results ( last night.

  • This included mail ballots received before Election Day and vote center ballots from early voting between Oct. 29 – Nov. 7.

  • The next scheduled update will be Thursday by 5 p.m.

  • The results must be certified by Dec. 8, and the Registrar’s office said it expects to use the full certification period to make sure the results are accurate.

What’s next While the county focuses on counting the votes, city staff are preparing background information and other materials to help our newly elected officials get off to a great start.

  • We have scheduled a swearing-in ceremony for Dec. 13.

  • At this same meeting, we will be saying goodbye to Mayor Matt Hall, who is retiring following 28 years on the Carlsbad City Council, and District 1 City Council Member Peder Norby, who was appointed and filled the remainder of the District 1 term since August 2021.

Even as we go through these changes and transitions, our role as staff remains the same – we will continue to deliver an excellent level of service to the community we serve and carry out the policy direction of the City Council. Thank you for your professionalism and dedication as we move into this next chapter for the City of Carlsbad.

Scott Chadwick



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