Poway is a General Law city governed by a 5-member City Council. A Mayor and four members of the City Council are elected to serve 4-year terms. In 2018, elections for council members transitioned to by district, instead of at-large (also known as citywide) elections. The Mayor will continue to be elected on a citywide basis. Poway consolidates its General Municipal Elections with the Statewide General Elections held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years. View the map (PDF).

General Municipal Election - November 3, 2020

Poway’s next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for the purpose of electing:

Member of the City CouncilDistrict 24-Year Term
Member of the City CouncilDistrict 44-Year Term

District Elections

Following a public input process including six public hearings, the City Council unanimously selected Council District Boundary Map 133 (PDF) and voted to transition to By-District Elections for City Council Members. The initial District Election was held November 6, 2018 for Council Districts 1 and 3. Election for Council Districts 2 and 4 will be held on November 3, 2020.

What Do I Need to Know About Running for Local Office?

Getting Started (PDF)

Political Sign Regulations

On December 17, 2019, the Poway City Council revised its sign regulations. These regulations can be found in the Poway Municipal Code, Section 17.40.090(D), and in Ordinance No. 834.

Campaign Contribution Regulations

Additional Information