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The City Clerk is the local elections administrator and coordinates with the County of Riverside in the conduct of municipal elections.  This includes, but is not limited to, the preparation of necessary resolutions calling for elections and the declaration of election results, the coordination of the candidate nomination process and receipt and processing of initiative, referendum, and recall petitions.

Regular elections are consolidated with statewide elections and are held on the first Tuesday in November in even-numbered years to fill expired City Council terms.

City Council members are elected at-large to a four-year term.  Council members serve staggered terms with two or three seats alternately expiring every two years.  The Mayor is appointed every year on a rotational basis by the City Council.

New: Riverside County Registrar of Voters will be deploying a new election model for the upcoming November 3, 2020, General Election, click here to read more. 

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e City of San Jacinto will hold a General Election on November 3, 2020 for the purpose of electing three City Council seats.  Information regarding the 2020 Election will be listed below as it is updated. For specific election information, please contact Interim City Clerk Sherry Morton in the City Clerk’s Office at (951) 487-7330 x754 or by email at

Qualifications for Candidacy: To qualify as a candidate for a member of the City Council, you must reside and be registered to vote within the jurisdiction at the time nomination papers are issued.  Registered voters in the City of San Jacinto must be 18 years of age at the time of the election.

Public Versus Private: Becoming a candidate for public office means that information about you will become a matter of public record immediately. With a few exceptions, this includes any and all documents submitted to the city during the course of the election. As such, these documents must, by law, available to the public for inspection and/or copying.

Pre-Nomination Period Activities: Prior to soliciting or receiving any contributions related to candidacy, a candidate must file a Form 501, Statement of Intention with the City Clerk’s Office. Please contact the City Clerk’s office at (951) 487-7339 if you are planning on soliciting contributions prior to the official filing/nomination period. An officeholder or candidate must who receives contributions totaling $2,000 within a calendar year qualifies as a recipient committee and must file a Form 410 with the Secretary of State within 10 days of qualifying.

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Campaign Disclosure Manual 2

The FPPC Campaign Disclosure Manual 2 (PDF) contains information for Local Candidates and is useful for completing Campaign Disclosure Statements.

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) requires certain campaign filings. The FPPC may be contacted for advice on Ask FPPC for Advice.

Explanation of Forms

Form 410 - Statement of Organization: If not already filed, file once $2,000 threshold is reached. File the original and once copy with the Secretary of State and one copy with the City Clerk. IMPORTANT: Form 410 may be filed prior to raising $2,000 and then must be amended within 10 days of reaching the $2,000 threshold to disclose the date qualified as a committee.

Form 460 - Consolidated Campaign Disclosure Form: Required if $2,000 is raised/spent.

Form 470 - Officeholder/Candidate Campaign Statement Short Form: Used by candidates who do not have a controlled committee and do not anticipate receiving or expending $2,000 or more during a calendar year.

Form 501 - Candidate Intention Statement: All candidates must file with the City Clerk before raising or spending any money.

2020 Election Candidate Information: 

Candidate name:  Office Sought:
 Phil Ayala City Council  
Brian E. Hawkins City Council   
Cynthia Stroffolino City Council   
 Russ Utz City Council   
 Crystal Ruiz  City Council   
David Holmes  Treasurer  
Mike Van Der Linden   Treasurer  

*This list indicates the order of the qualified candidates as they will appear on the ballot as of 08/13/2020.  

Measure V Information: 

 “SAN JACINTO EMERGENCY RESPONSE, PUBLIC SAFETY, LOCAL CITY SERVICES MEASURE: To maintain San Jacinto’s finances; 911 emergency, medical, fire protection/ public safety response rates; support local businesses/ retain jobs; improve local drinking water; address homelessness; investigate/ prevent property crimes; clean and maintain public areas; repair roads/ potholes; other general services, shall the measure establishing a 1¢ sales tax providing approximately $3,200,000 annually until ended by voters be adopted, requiring public disclosure, all funds used in San Jacinto?” 
For more information click here

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