Elections

General Municipal Elections are held on the first Tuesday, following the first Monday, in November of even numbered years. This November, voters will be asked to vote for two seats on the Laguna Niguel City Council.  The City Clerk’s Office administers the City’s Municipal Elections which are consolidated with the Statewide Election.  Candidates should make an appointment to receive and file their Nomination Papers and other associated campaign documents during the filing period. The Nomination Period begins on July, 18, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. and ends on August 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Nomination Papers are not available until the first day of the filing period, July 18, 2022.  All election services are provided according to the California Elections Code.

November 8, 2022 General Election

The next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, for the election of two City Council Members. 

How do I Run for Office?

Registered voters interested in running for City Council are encouraged to contact the City Clerk regarding the candidate process.  Please contact the City Clerk at (949) 362-4301 or via email. Potential candidates are encouraged to review eligibility requirements, FPPC Campaign Rules, election manuals, and campaign forms.

Nomination Process: The Nomination Period begins on July 18, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. and ends on August 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. This time frame includes the extension period of 5 days for non-incumbents as the two existing incumbents have termed out. Nomination Papers will not be issued prior to July 18, 2022.

During the Nomination Period, interested Laguna Niguel residents are highly encouraged to make an appointment with the City Clerk via email to receive and submit campaign documents. 

Candidate Qualifications: Candidates must be a United States Citizen, 18 years old on or before Election Day and registered to vote in the City of Laguna Niguel at the time Nomination Papers are issued. A person is not eligible to be elected to any state or local elective office if the person has been convicted of a felony involving certain financial related crimes. 

Campaign Financing 

The City of Laguna Niguel has adopted regulations regarding Campaign Contribution Limitations. No person or committee shall make to any city candidate or their controlled committee, and no such candidate or their controlled committee shall accept from any such person or committee, a contribution or contributions totaling more than $1,000 for any city council election at which the candidate is on the ballot or a write-in candidate. This does not apply to a candidate’s contribution of their personal funds to their own campaign committee but shall apply to contributions from a spouse’s separate property.   

The State of California Fair Political Practices Commission has established regulations governing the solicitation, receipt and expenditure of funds for candidates running for political office. There are several forms that relate directly to candidates running for municipal elections that may relate to your candidacy. Please ensure you file the appropriate forms with the City Clerk prior to soliciting or receiving any contributions on behalf of your candidacy for office. 

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