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. Beginning in 2018, elections for council members will be by district, instead of the current 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 the map (PDF).

General Municipal Election - November 3, 2020

Poway’s next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for the purpose of electing:

Member of the City CouncilDistrict 24-Year Term
Member of the City CouncilDistrict 44-Year Term

District Elections

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 will be held on November 3, 2020.

What Do I Need to Know About Running for Local Office?

Getting Started (PDF)

Political Sign Regulations

On August 2, 2016, the Poway City Council adopted sign regulations. These regulations can be found in the Poway Municipal Code, Section 17.40.090(D), and in Ordinance No. 791 which was adopted August 2, 2016. These regulations are outlined in the Campaign Sign Regulations Fact Sheet and FAQs below:

Campaign Contribution Regulations

Additional Information