City Council History

Councilmember Terms by Election Year 

The City of Poway was incorporated on December 1, 1980. The 1st elected Poway City Council consisted of Bob Emery, Linda Oravec, Clyde Rexrode, Mary Shepardson, and Bruce Tarzy. The 2 highest vote recipients (Bob Emery and Bruce Tarzy) received 4 year terms and the remaining 3 (Linda Oravec, Clyde Rexrode and Mary Shepardson) received 2 year terms.

First Election

The City Council held the first election to fill 3 Council seats on April 13, 1982. On February 8, 1983, an Ordinance was adopted which consolidated future General Municipal Elections with the November Statewide General Elections to reduce cost and increase voter turnout.

Mayor Terms

Before 1990, the Mayor was chosen on a rotating basis between the existing 5 City Councilmembers. The term for Mayor was 1 year. In 1990, registered voters of the city of Poway voted to approve Proposition K, to elect 4 City Councilmembers and a directly elected Mayor. Any election materials prior to the city's date of incorporation are on file at the county Registrar of Voters.

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 Elections was held November 6, 2018 for Council District 1 and 3. Election for Council Districts 2 and 4 was held on November 3, 2020. All of the districts have been introduced at this time and the transition to By-District Elections has been completed.

Notice of Council Reorganization (PDF)

Summary of Elections (PDF)

Chronology of Mayors (PDF)

Chronology of Deputy Mayors (PDF)