Running For City Council

First Things First

The next City Council election is November 6, 2018. At that time, two seats will be up for election, those of Councilors Starr and Lehan. Terms of office are for 4-years, there are no term limits.
Wilsonville does not have districts or precincts, councilors serve the entire community at large. The elections are nonpartisan as well. Candidates must be U.S. Citizens, have lived in within the Wilsonville city limits for 12 months prior to the date of the election, and be registered to vote.  
The City Council meets the first and third Monday of each month. However, should the meeting fall on a holiday, typically the meeting will be held that Thursday. Work Session is held beginning at 5 p.m. with the regular meeting starting at 7 p.m.
Councilors also serve as the Urban Renewal Agency which holds meetings as necessary, usually immediately following the adjournment of a Council meeting. They also act as half of the Budget Committee, and as liaisons to the standing City Boards and Commissions and as regional representatives. 
How It's Done - Generally

Prospective Petition Election forms are to be filed with the City Recorder’s office no earlier than May 30, 2018, and the last day to file with the City is August 20, 2018. Please note the state's deadline is different than the City's deadline to ensure that the City Recorder has sufficient time to verify signatures and provide an opportunity to correct or obtain additional signatures. Additionally, the City strongly encourages you to set-up an appointment to review important filing deadlines, paperwork, and process questions. The City Recorder is available to answer questions during business hours at: 29799 SW Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville OR 97070; 503-570-1506; or recorder@ci.wilsonville.or.us.

Filing For Office

Candidates file for office by submitting a prospective petition to the City Recorder's office, and once the paperwork is approved in writing, collect 20 valid signatures. However, it is recommend to collect more than the 20 signatures in case a voter is not properly registered. Signatures are then verified, if enough valid signatures are collected, you become an official candidate, and your name will appear on the ballot for the November 6, 2018 election. Any money spent or collected for your campaign is reported electronically to the Secretary of State’s office through the ORESTAR System.

Candidate Packet 

Candidate Election Information Packet

Additional Information


Contact Kim Veliz, City Recorder at: 503-570-1506; or recorder@ci.wilsonville.or.us.

Registering to Vote

To cast a ballot in an election, you must be registered to vote. To register you must be a United States citizen, a resident of the State of Oregon, and at least 18 years of age by the next general election. If you are a new resident to Wilsonville or have moved within the City, you will need to re-register to vote.

Voter Registration Forms

Voter registration forms are available online through Clackamas County Elections Division. A person's voter registration form must be received by the Clackamas County Elections Division no later than 5 p.m., 21 days prior to the date of the election.   Voter registration forms must mailed or delivered to the Elections Division at:
Clackamas County Elections Division
1710 Red Soils Court #100
Oregon City, OR 97045