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. 


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special Municipal Election conducted by all-mail ballot will be held in the City of La Mesa, California, on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, for the following Officer:

For one (1) Member of the City Council  To Fill a Vacancy for the Remainder of a Term to Expire November 8, 2022

The nomination period for this office begins on July 12, 2021 and closes on August 6, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Candidate packets will be available in the City Clerk's Office, 8130 Allison Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942. For more information or to schedule an appointment to obtain a Candidate Packet, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 619-667-1120.

If no one or only one person is nominated for an elective office, appointment to the elective office may be made as prescribed by Section 10229, Elections Code of the State of California.

Ballots cast in this Special Election shall be returned to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office or one of its official drop off locations no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. Ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Registrar's office no later than Tuesday, November 9, 2021 to be considered timely cast and counted.

Ballots may be dropped off in-person at an official Mail Ballot Drop-Off location in the City of La Mesa beginning Monday, October 25 through Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

In-person voting will be available at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office located at 5600 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123, beginning Monday, October 4, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

November 2, 2021 Nomination Period:

July 12, 2021 through August 6, 2021

View the Qualified Candidates Log here.

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

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Running for Local Office Information

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