The City Clerk is the City’s Election Official. As such the department is responsible for the conduct of all municipal elections as mandated by law, as well as the dissemination of election information and Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) information. The City Clerk Department administers the federal, state and local procedures through which municipal representatives are elected and assists candidates in meeting their legal responsibilities before, during and after an election. This includes City Clerk Department coordination with the California Secretary of State and the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.
The City Clerk is also the Local Filing Officer to which all filings and statements required by the Political Reform Act and enforced by the Fair Political Practices Commission are submitted. This includes statements of economic interest (Form 700) and various candidate and political action committee disclosures through contribution and expenditure reports.
GENERAL ELECTION INFORMATION
Oceanside is a Charter City governed by a five-member City Council. Elected City officials include the Mayor, 4 City Council members, the City Clerk and the City Treasurer. These positions are elected at large for four-year terms. Oceanside's General Municipal Elections are held in November of even-numbered years. Elections are consolidated with the statewide election through the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.
In November 2016, the Mayor (Jim Wood), two of the Council seats (Esther Sanchez and Jack Feller) and the City Clerk (Zack Beck) and City Treasurer (Gary Ernst) will be up for election.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CANDIDACY
Candidates for public office in the City of Oceanside must be citizens of California aged 18 or older. They must reside in Oceanside and be a registered voter eligible to vote in Oceanside at the time the nomination papers are issued. Candidates must appear in person in the City Clerk's Office during the Nomination Period to be issued their Nomination Papers. At that time, all information necessary to run for office will be provided in the form of a Candidate Handbook. The only required cost is a $25 non-refundable filing fee. There is an optional cost if the candidate wants to include a Candidate's Statement in the Sample Ballot. That cost is estimated and changes per election.
VOTER REGISTRATION AND POLLING PLACES
Citizens can obtain voter registration forms from the City Clerk's office, or you can register online with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. You can also find your polling place on the Registrar of Voters website, or City Clerk staff can assist you. To access the Registrar of Voters information, please click on the link below.