Escondido is a general law city governed by a five-member City Council. The Mayor and the City Treasurer are directly elected at large. The City of Escondido has been divided into four (4) districts, which shall be used for all regular elections of Council members; for the recall of any Council member elected; for the appointment of any new Council member to fill a vacancy in the office of member of the Council; and for any special election to fill a vacancy in the office of member of the Council.  The term of office for each member is four years with staggered terms. The Mayor is the presiding officer of the City Council, City as Successor Agency to the Community Development Commission, Mobilehome Rent Review Board and Escondido Joint Powers Financing Authority.

Escondido consolidates its General Municipal Elections with the Statewide General Elections held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years.  In order to be elected as a Mayor, City Council Member, or Treasurer you must receive the highest number of votes cast. 

The City Clerk serves as the election officer and is responsible for issuance of nomination papers, placing City measures on the ballot and conducting municipal elections in accordance with the Escondido Municipal Code, the Elections Code and the Political Reform Act of 1974.

Escondido’s most recent General Municipal Election was held November 6, 2012. Olga Diaz and Michael Morasco were elected as Council members and Kenneth Hugins was elected as Treasurer. Marie Waldron’s election to the State Assembly created a vacancy on the City Council.  Following an interest submission and a brief interview of 19 applicants on December 12, 2012, John Masson was appointed as the Council member to fulfill Ms. Waldron’s term of office (expiring on 2014).  

Additional election information is available on the San Diego Registrar of Voters website and the Secretary of State website.

A history of Escondido’s recent elections can be viewed here

For more information concerning Escondido elections, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (760) 839-4617. 



Escondido’s next General Municipal Election will be consolidated with the statewide general election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  The election is for the purpose of selecting two City Council members: one to represent District One and one to represent District Two; as well as the selection of one Mayor.  The nomination period for the election is Monday July 14, 2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014.  During this period prospective candidates need to schedule a meeting with the City Clerk to obtain nomination papers and other election-related materials.  You must be a registered voter in Escondido at the time nomination papers are issued. Council candidates must also reside in the district they are seeking to represent.


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