Election Information

The La Mesa City Council is comprised of five members, the Mayor and four Council Members, elected at-large, for four-year terms. A person is ineligible to hold office as a member of the City Council if that person has served in the office for three consecutive terms. 

Municipal Elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years. 

The next election will be held on November 3, 2020, to elect:

Two Members of the City Council

View the Candidate Log.

The City Clerk is the Elections Official, and is responsible for coordinating the Election with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office, as well as distributing nomination papers, processing ballot measures and petitions, and maintaining all campaign statements and conflict of interest filings required by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).

General Qualifications

Candidates must be all of the following:

  • A U.S. Citizen
  • At least eighteen (18) years of age on or before Election day
  • A resident and registered voter in the City of La Mesa

Candidate Fees

There are no City of La Mesa filing fees, however, candidates who choose to have their "Candidate Statement of Qualifications" printed in the sample ballot issued by the County Registrar of Voters must bear the actual cost of printing and distribution.  Candidates who opt for this printing are required to pay the fee when the nomination paper and forms are filed with the La Mesa City Clerk.

Other Election Information

Election - Getting Started Now

Running for Local Office Information


Please call the City Clerk’s Office at (619) 667-1120 for more information.

*November 3, 2020 General Election - COVID-19 Update: Pursuant to Executive Order N-64-20 every Californian who is eligible to vote in the November 3, 2020 General Election shall receive a vote-by-mail ballot. An update will be provided once the details of in-person voting and drop-off locations have been configured.