The City of Temecula is a general law city with a five member legislative body. Each of the five City Council Members are directly elected by the registered voters of their district. The positions of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore are ceremonial in nature and not directly elected. The City Council selects the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore amongst themselves and the positions typically serve a calendar year.
The next general municipal election for the City of Temecula will be held on November 3, 2020 for two City Council seats – Districts 2 and 4. Districts 1, 3 and 5 will be voted upon in 2022. Click here to determine which district you live in.
The nomination period for the November 2020 election is July 13, 2020 – August 7, 2020. The nomination period may be extended to August 12, 2020 if an incumbent does not file within the respective district. It is only during this nomination period that candidates may be issued and file nomination papers. Nomination papers are issued by and filed with the City Clerk. Candidates must be over the age of 18 and a registered voter in the City of Temecula, at their current address in their respective district, to run for office. Candidates are nominated by and voted upon by registered voters in their district. The filing fee for nomination papers is $25. If a candidate cannot pay the $25 filing fee, an in lieu process is available. A printed candidate statement in the ballot pamphlet is optional. If a candidate wishes to print their statement in the ballot pamphlet, the cost is $500 for District 2 and $550 for District 4 (which is slightly more in population).
For specific information regarding upcoming elections or to make an appointment, please contact Director of Legislative Affairs/City Clerk Randi Johl or call (951) 694-6421.