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Municipal Elections

The Riverside Charter sets forth the number of elected officials for the City and their method of election.  All are non-partisan positions serving four-year terms and may be re-elected without limit.  The City of Riverside has eight elected officials including the Mayor and the seven members of the City Council.  The City Clerk serves as the local elections official.

The Riverside Mayor is elected at-large by voters of the entire City while the members of the City Council are voted into office by electors in each of the City's seven Wards.  Registered voters cast ballots for City Council candidates only for the Ward in which they reside.  Regular elections for members of the City Council occur in June of odd-numbered years.  If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast for the office, a runoff election is held the following November.  The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes in the regular election shall be the candidates in the runoff election.

The Mayoral election is held in June of U.S. Presidential election years.  A runoff election, if required, is held the following November.

Elections held in June of odd-numbered years are stand-alone all mail-in ballot elections.  All other regular and run-off elections are conducted by polling place and consolidated with other elections being held in the County of Riverside on the same day.

The next regular election for members of the City Council for Wards 1, 3, 5, and 7 will be held on June 2, 2015.

Ward 1


Thomas A. Podgorski

  • Petition In Lieu issued 1-27-15

  • Nomination Papers issued 2-13-15

  • Nomination Papers returned 3-6-15

  • Qualified for ballot 3-6-15


Michael C. Gardner 

  • Petition In Lieu issued 1-5-15

  • Nomination Papers issued 2-9-15

  • Nomination Papers returned 3-2-15

  • Qualified for ballot 3-2-15


Ward 3


Mike Soubirous 

  • Petition In Lieu issued 1-12-15

  • Nomination Papers issued 2-9-15

  • Petition In Lieu returned 2-18-15

  • Nomination Papers returned 3-2-15

  • Qualified for the ballot 3-2-15


Ward 5


Christopher H. Mac Arthur

  • Petition In Lieu issued 12-31-14

  • Petition In Lieu returned 2-9-15

  • Nomination Papers issued 2-9-15

  • Nomination Papers returned 2-19-15

  • Qualified for ballot 2-19-15


Ward 7


John Burnard 

  • Petition in Lieu issued 1-5-15

  • Petition In Lieu returned 2-13-15

  • Nomination Papers issued 2-10-15

  • Nomination Papers returned 3-3-15

  • Qualified for ballot 3-3-15


Alysia Webb 

  • Nomination Papers issued 2-12-15

  • Nomination Papers returned 3-9-15

  • Qualified for ballot 3-10-15



On October 17, 2013, a Notice of Intent to Circulate a Petition was filed in the Office of the City Clerk for a citizen initiative entitled, "The Riverside Medical Marijuana Restriction and Limitation Act".

The Notice of Intent together with the full text of the initiative can be found here.  The City Attorney's Ballot Title and Summary can be found here.

For more information, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (951) 826-5557.

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