How to File for Candidacy

April 22, 2020

In order to follow both the language and intent of Governor Brown's Emergency Executive Order 20-12, and to ensure that all eligible King City residents have an equal opportunity to participate in our local government, the City of King City is waiving the requirement that candidates for City Council collect signatures to become eligible to have their names appear on the ballot.  King City cannot risk the health of residents by asking them to collect signatures in person.

We also understand that not all residents have access to electronics that would allow them to collect signatures electronically.  The most fair and equitable way to make sure our local government remains of the people, by the people and for the people, is to waive the signature requirement.  All other requirements related to eligibility, such as City Elector, and the residential requirement, shall remain in effect.

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 3th, 2020 General Election? Read about the elections process and learn more about the requirements for running for City Council positions below. 

Upcoming Positions:
The City will have three (3) at-large Council Positions vacant. Winners of the election will complete 4-year terms that will commence at the first regular City Council meeting in 2021 and shall continue until a successor assumes the office. The City Elections Officer (the "City Recorder") will accept prospective petitions from 8:30 a.m. on May 30, 2020, through 4:30 p.m on August 25, 2020.
Appointments are highly recommended.

Click here to read "So you Want to Run for Local Office" by LOC

Important Dates:

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

May 3, 2020

Any person running for City office must have been a City resident by this date.

May 30, 2020

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 25, 2020

Last day to file nomination papers comprising a petition with the City Elections Officer.

August 28, 2020

Last day to withdraw candidacy.

September 3, 2020

Final day for City Elections Officer to submit names of candidates for the November 3, 2020, General Election.

September 11, 2020

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

Oct 5 – Oct 20, 2020

County Elections Office mails out ballots.

November 3, 2020

Election Day.

January 6, 2021

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

Qualifications for Candidacy
  • Must be a City of King City resident during the six (6) months immediately preceding the election.
  • Must be a qualified elector in the State Oregon

About the City Council

  • The City of King City has a Mayor elected by the City Council and seven Councilors who serve the citizens of our community in a volunteer capacity.
  • The Council positions 3, 6, and 7 are open for the November 3, 2020, General Election. (The positions are elected "at large," not by district.)
  • All Council members are elected at-large.
  • Terms are four (4) years.
  • Councilors must take an Oath of Office before commencing duties.
  • Councilors must file an annual "Statement of Economic Interest" with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission (OGEC).

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. 1.    Form SEL220: Statement of Organization for Candidate Committee, and
  2. 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):

Please note all information on the following forms is open to public records requests and will be placed on the City website.

  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 with form SEL 338 Petition Submission to the City Elections Officer. 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


Withdrawal of Candidacy or Nomination

To withdraw from candidacy or nomination, a candidate must file a SEL150 Candidate Filing Withdrawal form with the City Elections Officer no later than August 28, 2020, for the November 3, 2020, General Election. Form SEL150 may be downloaded from

The County Voters’ Pamphlet

If you choose to have a write-up in the County Voters Pamphlet, you need to deliver your pamphlet materials directly to the Washington County Elections Office, 2925 NE Aloclek Drive, Suite: 170, Hillsboro, OR 97124-7523. The City cannot accept County Voters Pamphlet materials. The phone number for the Washington County Elections Office is 503-846- 5800. The candidate fee is $50  as King City has more than 1,000 registered voters. The form can be found at:

Deadline is September 11, 2020.

Political Signs and Printed Material

What kinds of signs are allowed?
If you plan to post election signs, please be sure they are not posted anywhere in the public right of way. When you post your signs on private or business property, please make sure you have permission from the property owner. Naturally, it is your responsibility to ensure all your campaign signs are removed within two days following the election. Municipal Code Chapter 16.148 Sign 


All forms for City elections that are filed with and maintained by the City Elections Officer and are a matter of public record.

As the Elections Officer for the City of King City, the City Recorder is available as a resource during your candidacy. Please call City Recorder Ronnie Smith at 503-639-4082 if you have any questions on the election process or contact him by e-mail at

Other Resources

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

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