Current Elections

The official filing period begins on Monday, July 18, and ends on Friday, August 12

Welcome to the City of Oceanside's Pre-Election Information Page! 

General Candidate Information – Oceanside’s Elected Offices 

Oceanside’s next General Municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The positions up for election include the Mayor, two members of the City Council, the City Clerk, and the City Treasurer.

All elected officials are elected at large. There are no districts assigned to any Council seats. Each elected position serves a term of four years. There are no limits on the number of terms an elected official can serve.

Municipal elections are also nonpartisan. Candidates are not asked their political party affiliation.

Oceanside is a Charter City but follows the California Elections Code, Government Codes and Fair Political Practices Commission regulations in all election matters. The City Clerk serves as the Election Officer for the City. All election-related questions should be addressed to the City Clerk Department at (760) 435-3000 or e-mailed to

Oceanside consolidates its elections with San Diego County, working with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

Newly elected or re-elected officials will be sworn into office on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

The Process – Running for Elected Office

The official filing period begins on Monday, July 18, 2016, and ends on Friday, August 12, 2016. You can call the City Clerk’s Office at (760) 435-3000 to set an appointment with the City Clerk during this time period only. You should allow about 30 minutes for your appointment.

At your appointment, the City Clerk will issue the official nomination papers to you. We recommend that you set your appointment at the beginning of the filing period to give yourself enough time to gather the required number of signatures (a minimum of 20 and no more than 30 signatures of registered Oceanside voters).

At this time, the City Clerk will also provide you with a Candidate Handbook, which contains information and various forms to assist you as you run for office. You will receive information on the election process and deadlines to return certain forms and have any questions you may have answered.

The Cost

The only mandatory cost to run for office is a $25 non-refundable filing fee to be paid when you are issued your papers and handbook.

There is the option to have a Candidate Statement of Qualifications printed in the sample ballot. If you choose this option, there is a direct cost to you for the printing and translation of your statement. The cost is due when you return your paperwork at the end of the filing period, if you choose this option.

Necessary Forms When Running for Office

As a result of the Political Reform Act, candidates must file certain forms related to contributions received and expenditures made during their campaign.

Once you choose to become a potential candidate, you will need to file a Form 501:Candidate Intention Statement before you solicit or receive any contributions or before you make expenditures even from personal funds on behalf of your candidacy. Submit this form to the City Clerk Department.

If you plan to receive or expend $2,000 during your campaign, you will need to file a Form 410: Statement of Organization Recipient Committee. This creates your candidate committee and secures a Fair Political Practices Commission ID number. You will file this form with the Secretary of State, along with their $50 fee. A copy is filed with the City Clerk Department. You must file this form within 10 days of receiving $2,000 in contributions, but you may file it early. Contact the City Clerk Department at (760) 435-3000 if you have questions.  Once the committee is formed and the Secretary of State provides you with a committee ID number, all contributions and expenditures must go through the committee's established bank account.

Under the Fair Political Practices Commission regulations, there will be specific deadlines where you will file either a Form 460: Recipient Committee Campaign Statement or a Form 470:Officeholder and Candidate Campaign Statement Short Form. These forms track the money. Again, contact the City Clerk Department with any questions. The City of Oceanside requires these forms and others to be filed electronically. Please see the page Electronic Filing on this web site. Once the City Clerk Department receives your Form 410, an account will be created in the electronic filing system.

NOTE: The City Clerk Department strongly encourages candidates and their designated treasurer to watch the "2016 Candidate & Treasurer Webinar" video presented by the Fair Political Practices Commission, which walks you through the disclosure process. To view the webinar click here.

     *Additional information will be added to this page as we move closer to the election.* 

To view Legal Notices and all other documents related to this election, please click here: 2016 Election Documents.