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. 

November 2, 2021 Special Election Results


A General Municipal Election will be held in the City of La Mesa, California, on Tuesday, 

November 8, 2022, for the following Offices:

Mayor4 year term
Two (2) Members of the City Council  4 year term
City Treasurer4 year term

November 8, 2022 Nomination Period:

The nomination period for these offices begins on July 18, 2022 and closes on August 12, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. If an incumbent does not file for re-election by or on August 12, 2022, this deadline is extended to August 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. to all non-incumbents.

View the Candidates Log here.



Kristine C. Alessio
Mark Arapostathis

Member of the City Council 

Mejgan Afshan
Kathleen Brand
Patricia N. Dillard
Laura Lothian
Tony Orlando

City Treasurer 

William "Bill" Exeter
Matt Strabone

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.