Poway is a General Law city governed by a 5-member City Council. A Mayor and four members of the City Council are elected to serve 4-year terms. In 2018, elections for council members transitioned to by district, instead of at-large (also known as citywide) elections. The Mayor will continue to be elected on a citywide basis. Poway 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. View Council Districts Map
General Municipal Election - November 3, 2020
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The City's next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
Following a public input process including six public hearings, the City Council unanimously selected Council District Boundary Map 133 (PDF) and voted to transition to By-District Elections for City Council Members. The initial District Election was held November 6, 2018 for Council Districts 1 and 3. Election for Council Districts 2 and 4 was held on November 3, 2020. The City has completed transition to By-District Elections. You can find the District you live in here.
Running for Local Office
Political Sign Regulations
- Poway Municipal Code Section 17.40.090(D)
- Ordinance No. 834
- Campaign Signs - Responses to Common Questions (PDF)
Campaign Finance Regulations
Effective January 1, 2021, all campaign statements filed in the City Clerk's Office will be made available online. Click here to search Campaign Finance Statements filed on or after January 1, 2021. For all other statements, please contact the City Clerk's Office via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (858) 668-4530.