Candidate Information

Each of the Five Districts of the City of Lake Elsinore elects one Council Member to serve on the City Council and one City Treasurer at-large. Council candidates are elected every two years filling either two seats or three seats. The City Treasurer is elected every four years. There are no limits on the number of terms a person can serve in these positions.

Candidates for all positions must live within the boundaries of the City of Lake Elsinore, be at least 18 years old, and be a registered voter. Council Candidates must live in the District in which they are running.

Once the Nomination Period is open, potential candidates must make an appointment with the City Clerk's department to pull nomination papers and obtain a nomination packet. The Nomination Period for the November 8, 2022, General Municipal Election will be open from July 18, 2022, through August 12, 2022. The Nomination Period is the time during which a candidate needs to pull nomination papers, obtain the required signatures, and return all required paperwork, including the nomination papers, to the City Clerk's Office. The City Clerk will verify the signatures and, if all requirements are met, will qualify the filer as a candidate. After the close of Nominations and the qualifying of candidates is complete, the City Clerk will post the announcement of Qualified Candidates. 

Please note: The nomination period is extended for an additional 5 days if an incumbent fails to file.

In addition, to submit a pre-application to confirm your eligibility to run for office and request an appointment to pull nomination papers during the nomination period, please view the Online Forms page.

Required Forms

Form 501 - Candidate Intention Statement (PDF)
The original must be filed with the City Clerk's Department prior to raising any funds for a campaign.
Form 410 - Statement of Organization (PDF)
The original must be filed with the Secretary of State and a copy with the City Clerk's department, once a candidate has spent or raised $2,000. It may be filed in advance if the candidate is planning on spending or raising more than $2,000.
Form 470 - Officeholder-Candidate Campaign (PDF)
The original must be filed with the City Clerk's department if a candidate does not plan on raising or spending $2,000 or more.
Form 460 - Consolidated Campaign Disclosure (PDF)
The original must be filed with the City Clerk's department by 5 pm of the filing deadline, as determined on the elections calendar, and twice annually as long as the committee remains open.
Form 700 - Statement of Economic Interest (PDF)
The original must be filed with the City Clerk's department, along with the nomination papers.
California Fair Political Practices Commission websiteThere are several other forms required by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) when certain criteria are met. Please visit the California Fair Political Practices Commission website for information on all forms.

Please be advised, these documents are public records and therefore, are releasable to any member of the public requesting them, in full form. Forms 410, 460, 470, and 700 will be posted on the City's website as well, with minor redactions occurring.

Candidates must abide by all State election laws and contribution requirements.