How to File for Candidacy

We appreciate your interest in running for the King City (the “City”) Council in 2022. All the materials you will need to manage your campaign are included in this packet. The City has four (4) at-large Council Positions coming open. The winners of the election will complete a 4 - year term that will commence on January 1, 2023 and expire on December 31, 2026. The City Elections Officer (the “City Recorder”) will accept nomination papers comprising a petition from 8:30 a.m. on May 30, 2022, through 4:30 p.m. on August 30, 2022 (70 days from the general election.)

This guide is intended to provide an overview of the local election process. For detailed background on the process, refer to the King City Charter and Municipal Code at:

In addition, to understanding King City regulations, candidates also need to be aware of State requirements and reference the current publications posted on the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division website; candidates should visit the State Elections website to view and access all necessary information publications and forms.

Also, the Washington County Elections website is a valuable resource for local candidates; visit

As your City Elections Officer, I am here as a resource; please get in touch with me with any questions at 503-639-4082 or e-mail If you plan to file your papers or have questions about the process, please call or e-mail me to ensure I am in the office and available. Please be aware that the City Elections Officer must approve signature sheets before they may be circulated to collect signatures – all documents provided to the City are a matter of public record. You may also contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 503-986-1518 and Washington County Elections at 503-846-5800 with any questions.

Upcoming Positions:
The City has four (4) at-large Council Positions coming open. 

SEI Seat Name Terms End Date
2581 Marc Manelis 12/31/2022
2583 Laurie Petrie 12/31/2022
2584 Jaimie Fender 12/31/2022
2582 Micah Paulsen 12/31/2022

Legal Disclaimer:
The City of King City uses this website/document for informational purposes only, and neither endorses nor opposes the matter or candidate. City staff can not give you legal advice. 

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

May 8, 2022

Any person running for City office must have been a City resident by this date. 184 days from the general election (6 months) KCMC 2.30.010

June 1, 2022

The first day to file nomination papers comprising a petition with the City Elections Officer. Note: signature sheets (petition) must be approved before being circulated. 160 days from the general election

August 30, 2022, at 4:30 p.m.

Last day to file nomination papers comprising a petition with the City Elections Officer. We highly recommend that you file sooner than later since gathering signatures and getting signature verification can take several days. 70 days from the general election.

September 2, 2022

Last day to withdraw candidacy.

September 3, 2022

Final day for City Elections Officer to submit names of candidates for the November 8, 2022, General Election.

September 12, 2022

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

October 19 – October 25, 2022

County Elections Office mails out ballots.

November 8, 2022

Election Day.

January 18, 2022

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 KCMC 2.30.010
  • Must be a qualified elector in the State of Oregon.

About the City Council

  • The City of King City has seven (7) Councilors who serve the citizens of our community in a volunteer capacity. The City Council appoints the Mayor’s position. Charter Section 4.02
  • The Council positions 1, 2, 4, and 5 are open for the November 8, 2022, General Election. (The positions are elected “at large,” not by )
  • All Council members are elected at-large.
  • Terms are four (4)
  • 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 form with the Secretary of State, Elections Division:

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

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 that all information on the following forms is open to public records requests and placed on the City and County 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.

Before circulating, all signature sheets must be approved (see Step #3) in writing by the City Elections Officer. Failure to do so will result in the rejection of those signature sheets. Each prospective candidate must determine in advance which position they plan 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. Call to make an appointment at (503)639-4082. Be sure to fill out all required information on forms SEL 101 and SEL 121 before making the appointment. 

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. 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


To learn more about the 2022 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 September 2, 2022, for November 8, 2022, 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:       

The deadline is September 10, 2022. Please confirm date with Washington County.

 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. KCMC16.148

All forms for City elections filed with and maintained by the City Elections Officer 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 note that the staff can not give legal advice.

Please call the City Recorder at 503-639-4082 if you have any questions on the election process or contact him by e-mail at


Below are the following mandatory forms: