How to File for Candidacy

To ensure the integrity of your voted ballot, drop it off at an official drop off site, or put it into the U.S. Mail – with the proper postage. The official ballot drop off location in King City is at City Hall located at 15300 S.W. 116th Ave, King City, Oregon.

Are you interested in running for an elected position in the City of King City for the November 6th, 2018 General Election? Read about the elections process and learn more about the requirements for running for City Council positions.

The city has four (4) at-large Council Position coming open, and those winners of the election will complete the 4- year term that will commence on January 1st, 2019 and will expire on December 31st, 2023. The City Elections Officer (the "City Recorder") will accept nomination papers comprising a petition from 8:30 a.m. on, May 30, 2018, through 5:00 p.m. on August 28, 2018.
Appointments are highly recommended.

Important Dates:

If you are interested in running for office, here are some critical dates for your calendar:

May 6, 2018 Any person running for City office must have been a City resident by this date.

May 30, 2018 First day to file nomination papers comprising a petition with the City Elections Officer. Note: signature sheets (petition) must be approved before being circulated.

August 28, 2018 Last day to file nomination papers comprising a petition with the City Elections Officer.

August 31, 2018 Last day to withdraw candidacy.

September 6, 2018 Final day for City Elections Officer to submit names of candidates for the November 6, 2018, General Election.

September 10, 2018 Last day to file candidate statements for City positions with the County Elections Office for the voters’ pamphlet.

Oct 17 – Oct 23, 2018 County Elections Office mails out ballots.

November 6, 2018 Election Day.

January 2, 2019 Oath of Office administered at the first Council meeting after certified election results received from the County.


Filing Terms and Conditions: 

  • All terms are four years, beginning January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022
  • All positions are nonpartisan.
  • All positions are at-large. However, the prospective candidate must choose which position to run for.
  • No filing fees are required to run for City of offices.
  • City Council positions are voluntary.
  • Council members receive actual and necessary expenses that are incurred in the performance of duties of office exc. mileage required conference

How to File for Candidacy – Candidates Filing by Petition:

Approved candidate filing forms are available from the City Recorder/Elections Officer, or you may download them directly from the State Elections Division website at or the Washington County Elections website at

Step #1:

Establish your Candidate Committee by completing the following two forms   with the Secretary of State, Elections Division:
1.      Form SEL220: Statement of Organization for   Candidate Committee, and
2.       Form SEL223:   Campaign Account Information  

NOTE: SEL220   must be filed within three (3) business days of receiving a campaign   contribution or making an expenditure; please refer to the Campaign Finance Manual (see link in   Step #5), as filing these forms is not required under certain limited   circumstances.

Step   #2: 

File the following two forms with the City   Elections Officer (City Recorder):
1.      Form SEL101: Candidate Filing, and
2.      Form SEL121: Candidate Signature Sheet – Nonpartisan

According to the City Charter,   all nomination papers comprising a petition shall be assembled and filed   together with the City Elections Officer not later than 70 days before the   election.
All   signature sheets must be approved (see Step #3), in writing by the City   Elections Officer, before circulating. Failure to do so   will result in the rejection of those signature sheets. Each prospective   candidate must determine in advance which position he or she plans to run for.

Step   #3:

The City’s Elections Officer reviews the   prospective petition and provides written approval prior to the candidate   circulating the petition.

Step   #4:

The   Candidate Circulates the Signature Sheets

The candidate (or circulator) circulates approved   petition sheets (SEL121) to collect   signatures following the guidelines in the State's Candidate Manual (see link in Step #5). The City of King City Municipal   Code (section 2.30.030(c) Ord. 0-92-6 § 1   (part),1992) requires candidates to acquire a   minimum of 25 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot, and it is   recommended that more than 25 signatures   be collected.

When a sufficient number of   signatures have been collected, the   candidate must submit the unverified signatures   to the City Elections Officer with form SEL 338 Petition Submission. The City Elections   Officer will then submit the signatures to the Washington County Elections   Office for verification. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit signatures well in advance of the filing   deadline, as verification can take up   to 15 days. Petitions   with insufficient signatures will be   returned to the candidate to acquire more signatures   provided the filing deadline has not passed.

Step   #5

Follow   Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements Visit  for the candidate "Quick Guide" on campaign   finance reporting in Oregon and the 2018 Campaign   Finance Manual. Be sure to review the contribution and expenditure   reporting requirements and observe the filing deadlines. For detailed   information regarding who must file and when   refer to the Candidate Manual or   check with the local elections officer, Secretary of State at 503-986-1518,   or Washington County Elections at 503-846-5800

Forms are also available Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the City Hall 15300 SW 116th Ave, King City, OR 97224

Election Offices

City of King City Ronnie Smith, City Elections Official 15300 SW 116th Ave King City, OR 97224


Washington County Elections Division Mickie Kawai, Elections Manager 3100 SW Murray Blvd, Suite 101 Beaverton, OR 97005


Secretary of State Elections Division 141 State Capitol Salem, OR 97310