General Information

There are five (5) elected positions in the City of Encinitas: one (1) Mayor elected at-large and four (4) City Council Members.  Beginning with the General Municipal Election in November 2018, Council Members will  be elected by districts in four single-member districts.  For information on elected officials, click here.

General Municipal Elections are conducted every even-numbered year and are consolidated with the State General Election held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday of November. 

The next General Municipal Election will be held on November 8, 2022 for the purpose of electing the following:  

  • One (1) Mayor for a full two-year term with the term expiring in November 2024. 
  • Two (2) City Council Members:
    • One (1) Council Member to represent District 3 for a full four-year term with a term expiring November 2026
    • One (1) Council Member to represent District 4 for a full four-year term with a term expiring November 2026
  • One (1) Ballot Measure -  At the May 11, 2022 meeting, the City Council adopted Resolution 2022-43 ordering the submission to the qualified electors of the City of Encinitas a Cannabis Business Tax Ballot Measure with the ballot question to appear as follows:  

To fund general municipal expenses including law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, street improvements and recreation, shall the City tax cannabis and hemp businesses at annual rates of between 4% to 7% of gross receipts for retail cannabis businesses, 1% to 4% for non-retail cannabis businesses, and $2.00 to $10.00 per canopy square foot for cultivation; expected to generate an estimated $800,000 to $1,400,000 annually and will be levied until repealed/modified by the voters?



Election Documents:

  • Resolution No. 2022-47 titled “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Encinitas, California, Calling for the Holding of a General Municipal Election to be Held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, for the Election of Certain Officers as Required by the Provisions of the Laws of the State of California Relating to General Law Cities and the Submission to the Voters a Ballot Measure Placed on the Ballot by the City Council Relating to a Cannabis Business Tax”
  • Resolution No. 2022-48 titled “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Encinitas, California, Requesting the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Diego to Consolidate a General Municipal Election to be Held on November 8, 2022, with the Statewide General Election to be Held on the Date Pursuant to Section 10403 of the California Election Code”
  • Notice of Election
  • Ballot Measure Direct/Rebuttal Arguments Deadlines and Information

Voting District Maps and Information 

The following maps and address lists have been updated with the newly adopted district map information

For information regarding the current Re-Districting process for District Based Elections click here 


City Council Current Officeholders

Per Encinitas Municipal Code Section 2.20.010, on the second Tuesday of each December of even numbered years, the newly elected Mayor and Council Members will be sworn in.   Per Encinitas Municipal Code Section 2.20.030, at the first regular City Council meeting in December of odd numbered years and the second Tuesday of each December in even numbered years, the City Council shall choose one of its members as Deputy Mayor.   Visit the City of Encinitas Elected Officials webpage for more information.

Catherine S. Blakespear - Mayor, Elected on November 3, 2020 - term expires November 2022
Tony Kranz - Council Member District 1, Elected on November 3, 2020 - term expires November 2024
Kellie Shay Hinze - Council Member District 2, Elected on November 3, 2020 - term expires November 2024
Joy Lyndes - Council Member District 3, appointed by the City Council on February 24, 2021 - term expires November 2022
Joe Mosca - Council Member District 4, Elected on November 6, 2018 - term expires November 2022

Running for Local Office

  • General Qualifications for Candidates

Age & Citizenship
A candidate must be 18 years of age and a citizen of the state (Government Code Section 1020).

By-District Election
On November 15, 2017 the City Council adopted Ordinance 2017-15 establishing a by-district election process with four single-member Council districts.

Following every federal decennial census, local governments that conduct elections using district-based voting are required to commence a formal redistricting process as prescribed by the California Elections Code, based upon the new Census.   For information regarding the current Re-Districting process for District Based Elections click here

Consistent with Chapter 2.20 of the Encinitas Municipal Code, Council Members were elected in Council Districts 3 and 4 at the general municipal election held on November 8, 2018.  The Council Members from Council Districts 1 and 2 shall be elected beginning at the general municipal election to be held on November 3, 2020.  

Residency Rquirements

Mayor:  Candidates for Mayor must be a resident and registered voter of the City of Encinitas.

Council Member:  A candidate elected to represent a district must reside in that district and be a registered voter in that district.  Any candidate for City Council must live in, and be a registered voter in, the district in which he or she seeks election at the time nomination papers are issued, pursuant to California Government Code Section 34882 and Elections Code Section 10227.

Termination of residency in a district by a Council Member shall create an immediate vacancy for that council district unless a substitute residence within the district is established within 30 days after the termination of residency.

Conviction of Crimes
A person is disqualified from holding any office upon conviction of designated crimes as specified in the Constitution and the laws of the State of California (Government Code Section 1021).

  • Candidate Filing Period

The candidate filing period for the one (1) Mayor seat and two (2) City Council Member seats (District 3 and District 4) begins Monday, July 18, 2022 and ends Friday, August 12, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.  All candidates must be a registered voter in Encinitas at the time nomination papers are issued. Council Member candidates must also reside in the district they are seeking to represent.

If an incumbent for the Mayor seat does not file by the August 12, 2022 deadline, the deadline will be extended to August 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. for non-incumbent candidates.

If an incumbent for the Council Member District 3 seat does not file by the August 12, 2022 deadline, the deadline will be extended to August 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. for non-incumbent candidates

If an incumbent for the Council Member District 4 seat does not file by the August 12, 2022 deadline, the deadline will be extended to August 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. for non-incumbent candidates.

Nomination Papers may be obtained from and returned to the City Clerk during normal working hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on open Fridays, from July 18, 2022 through August 12, 2022, by appointment.  Please note that City Hall is closed for business on the following Fridays:  July 22 and August 5. Until the end of the filing period, a candidate may withdraw, but not change, the Nomination Papers.

To make an appointment with the City Clerk to obtain Nomination Papers, please email [email protected] or call 760-633-2603. 

  • Campaign Reporting Requirements for Candidates

Campaign Basics Fast Facts - for Candidates spending $2,000 or more

Candidate Toolkit - Important candidate information for before, during and after the election.  

Form 501 Candidate Intention Statement - the Form 501 is filed each election by candidates for local office. Orginal to be filed with the City Clerk.

Form 410 Statement of Organization - the Form 410 must be filed within 10 days of receiving $2,000 in contributions. When filing the Form 410, include a $50 payment made payable to the Secretary of State. If your committee has not yet reached the $2,000 threshold, mark the “not yet qualified” box. The $50 fee is requested at this time but is not legally required until the group qualifies as a committee.  Orginal to be filed with the Secretary or State and a copy filed with the City Clerk.

Form 460 - the Form 460 is filed by recipient committees to report expenditures and contributions before, during and after the election. The Form 460 can be used to file a preelection statement, semi-annual statement, quarterly statement, termination statement, special odd-year report, or an amendment to a previously filed statement.

Candidate Disclosure Manual 2 for Local Candidates

Using the links above, become familiar with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) website, candidate filing requirements included in Campaign Disclosure Manual, and filing deadlines.  The FPPC will be conducting a candidate and treasurer seminar that will provide information on campaign reporting, and Political Reform Act's requirements and prohibitions.  Forms may be obtained in hard copy from the City Clerk or electronically from the FPPC’s website (link above).

  • City of Encinitas Local Contribution Limits

The City of Encinitas has local contribution limits as follows (Encinitas Municipal Code Chapter 2.16)

  • No contributor shall contribute more than $250 total to any candidate or their controlled committee, for any one election.
  • No contributor shall contribute more than $250 total, for any one election, to any committee, as defined in Section 2.16.010B, formed to support or oppose a candidate.

The above limits shall not apply to candidates' contributions of his/her personal funds to his/her own campaign account.

  • Campaign Sign Regulations

Ordinance No. 2016-03 was adopted on January 27, 2016 and went into effect on February 27, 2016. The Ordinance amends EMC Chapter 2.16 to remove time limits for signs displaying political or other noncommercial messages, whereby the display of such signs is permitted at all times. Please note the provisions allow for an unlimited number of signs at all times with the property owner’s permission but there are size limits for each individual sign.

Campaign Statements Filed with the City Clerk's Office

To view campaign statements filed by campaign committees click here.

Voter Registration Information

You may check your voter registration status with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office to make sure you are eligible to vote in the next election. You must be registered to vote at least 15 days before an election. If the registration deadline has passed for an upcoming election, you may visit the Registrar’s office during the 14 days prior to, and on Election Day, to conditionally register and vote provisionally.  

Voting material mailings begin 29 days before the election. To make sure your voting materials are promptly delivered to you, please verify that you are registered correctly.

If you have recently submitted a voter registration form, please note that it can take several days to process your registration.  

You Can Register to Vote in California, if you are:

  • A U.S. Citizen
  • A California Resident
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the next election
  • Not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
  • Not declared mentally incompetent by court action

Voter registration forms are available on-line at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters website. Citizens can fill in the registration form on-line, print and sign, and mail to the Registrar of Voters.

Information Resources

Kathy Hollywood, City Clerk    
[email protected]               

Secretary of State                                          
 800-345-VOTE (8683)

Fair Political Practices Commission
 866-ASK-FPPC (275-3772)

San Diego County Registrar of Voters

County of San Diego website

State of California website

The information on this webpage is not all encompassing; it merely summarizes the basic requirements to establish candidacy. Candidates, political committees, and anyone interested in elective office should not, therefore, rely solely on this information, but should seek legal counsel or contact the City Clerk’s Office for more detailed information at 760-633-2601.