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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 regular election for members of the City Council for Wards 1, 3, 5, and 7 and Measure A was held on June 2, 2015.  The unofficial results are as follows:

Ward 1

Mike Gardner        2,490    70.18%

Tom Podgorski        1,058    29.82%

Ward 3

Mike Soubirous       3,665   100%

Ward 5

Chris Mac Arthur      2,712   100%

Ward 7

John "JP" Burnard     2,100    81.43%

Alysia Webb                479    18.57%

Measure A     Yes - 9,779      40.04%     No - 14,647    59.96%


Ballot Type Wards Mailed Returned as of 6/5/2015 at
5 p.m.
Ballot Type Turnout
2 2, 4, and 6 51,400 10,118 19.69%
1 1 16,539 3,602 21.78%
3 3 19,458 4,942 25.40%
4 5 15,632 3,208 20.52%
5 7 14,035 2,661 18.96%
Totals 117,064 24,531 20.96%



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.


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

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