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Elections

This web page contains information regarding municipal elections. National, statewide, and countywide elections are facilitated by the Orange County Registrar of Voters. For more information, please click here to visit the Registrar of Voters’ website or call (714) 567-7600.

The City Clerk serves as the City’s elections official and is responsible for conducting municipal elections in accordance with California Elections Code and other applicable law. For more information regarding municipal elections, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (949) 639-0500 or via our online contact form.

NEXT ELECTION:

The City’s next General Municipal Election will be held on November 3, 2020 for the election of three members of the City Council (the offices currently held by Cynthia Conners, Noel Hatch, and Shari L. Horne). The nomination period will begin on July 13, 2020 and end on August 7, 2020, unless one or more of the aforementioned incumbent members of the City Council does not file nomination papers by August 7, 2020, in which case the nomination period will end on August 12, 2020. The City Clerk’s Office will be open to issue and accept candidate nomination papers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at City Hall (24264 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637). Appointments are encouraged, but not required. For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (949) 639-0500.

INDIVIDUALS TO WHOM NOMINATION PAPERS HAVE BEEN ISSUED:

Individuals are listed in alphabetical order

  • Cynthia Conners
  • Noel Hatch
  • Shari L. Horne
  • Katheryn Robbins

INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE FILED NOMINATION PAPERS:

Individuals are listed in alphabetical order

  • N/A

The November 3, 2020 election will also include one advisory measure (advisory vote) seeking to obtain voter opinions on the following question: “Should the City of Laguna Woods allow the establishment and operation of marijuana dispensaries offering the retail sale of medical and non-medical marijuana in commercial zoning districts within the City of Laguna Woods city limits?”. The results of the advisory vote will not be controlling on the City Council.

Elected Offices

The City of Laguna Woods is a general law city with a Council-Manager form of government, meaning that it operates within the parameters of California municipal law with an elected City Council as its legislative body. The City Council appoints and supervises a professional City Manager who is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the City and implementation of the City Council’s ordinances, regulations, and policy direction. The City Council also appoints a City Attorney to serve as the City’s legal counsel.

The five members of the City Council are residents of Laguna Woods who are elected by registered voters to four-year terms. Elections occur “at-large” (citywide) in even-numbered years with two and then three members of the City Council elected at subsequent elections. All five offices are nonpartisan. 

The City Council appoints a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem from amongst its membership to preside over City Council meetings, execute certain legal instruments and authorizations, and attend to various representative and ceremonial matters. The Mayor Pro Tem serves as the Mayor in their absence.

Running for the City Council

Eligibility

Candidates for City Council offices must be:

  1. 18 years of age or older by election day; and
  2. A citizen of California; and
  3. A registered voter in Laguna Woods at the time nomination papers are issued; and
  4. Qualified to vote for the office at the time nomination papers are issued; and
  5. Eligible to take the oath of office.

For more information, please refer to Article XX, Section 3 of the State of California’s Constitution; California Elections Code sections 201 and 10511; and, California Government Code sections 275.2, 1020, and 1021.

California Government Code Section 1021 prohibits individuals  who have been convicted of designated crimes as specified in the State of California’s Constitution and laws of the State of California from holding a City Council office (e.g., bribery, perjury, forgery, malfeasance in office, or other high crimes, in accordance with Article VII, Section 8(b) of the State of California’s Constitution).

Nomination Period

California Elections Code Section 10220 and 10225 et al. establish the nomination period for City Council offices. Nomination papers are available from the City Clerk’s Office during normal office hours beginning not earlier than the 113th day nor later than the 88th day before each municipal election. In the event that one or more of the incumbent members of the City Council who are eligible to be elected do not file nomination papers by the 88th day before each municipal election, the nomination period extends through the 83rd day before the election for all persons except the incumbent(s) who failed to file.

Nonpartisan Offices

Article II, Section 6 of the State of California’s Constitution requires all City Council offices to be nonpartisan. Accordingly, the political party preference of candidates for City Council offices is not included on the ballot.

Incompatible Public Offices

California Government Code Section 1099 contains the common law prohibition against the holding of “incompatible public offices.” The prohibition generally restricts the ability of persons to hold two different public offices, simultaneously, if the offices have overlapping and conflicting public duties. A person may not simultaneously hold two public offices if any of the following is true:

Positions of employment and positions on governmental bodies that have only advisory powers are not subject to the incompatible public offices prohibition.

The consequence of holding an incompatible public office is that the person is “deemed to have forfeited the first office upon acceding to the second.”

If you have questions about the compatibility of public offices that you hold or seek to hold, please contact the California Attorney General’s Office at (916) 322-3360 or click here to visit their website.

Campaign Contribution Limits

On December 20, 2000, the City Council unanimously adopted a $250 contribution limit from any individual to any candidate for office in the City or to any candidate controlled committee for a candidate for office in the City in any single election. The individual contribution limit does not apply to a candidate’s contribution of their personal funds, community property funds, or domestic partnership funds to their own campaign committee, but does apply to separate property contributions from the candidate’s spouse or domestic partner. The individual contribution limit is codified as Laguna Woods Municipal Code Chapter 1.14.

Voter Information

To vote in municipal elections, individuals must be registered to vote in Laguna Woods. For information on how to register to vote, verify voter registration, or update voter registration, please contact the Orange County Registrar of Voters at (714) 567-7600 or click here to visit their website.

Historical Election Results

2018 General Municipal Election

Election Date: November 6, 2018

City Council

Elected – Carol Moore and Joe Rainey

Ballots Cast by Candidate:

  • Carol Moore, 5,472
  • Joe Rainey, 5,055
  • Judith P. Troutman, 4,993

Total Ballots Cast:

  • Early Voting Ballots Cast: 128
  • Precinct Ballots Cast: 2,185
  • Vote-by-Mail Ballots Cast: 9,250
  • Total Ballots Cast: 11,563
2016 General Municipal Election

City Council

The 2016 General Municipal Election was cancelled due to the number of candidates not exceeding the number of offices to be filled. Candidates Cynthia Conners, Noel Hatch, and Shari Horne were appointed to the City Council.

2014 General Municipal Election

Election Date: November 4, 2014

City Council

Elected – Bert Hack and Carol A. Moore

Ballots Cast by Candidate:

  • Bert Hack, 3,419
  • Carol A. Moore, 2,963
  • Rae C. Tso, 2,947
  • Al Roddan, 1,473
  • Mark L. Monin, 1,403
  • David Russell Ohrn, 1,323

Total Ballots Cast:

  • Precinct Ballots Cast: 2,008
  • Vote-by-Mail Ballots Cast: 6,533
  • Total Ballots Cast: 8,541
2012 General Municipal Election

Election Date: November 6, 2012

City Council

Elected – Cynthia S. Conners, Milton W. Robbins, and Noel Hatch

Ballots Cast by Candidate:

  • Cynthia S. Conners, 6,055
  • Milton W. Robbins, 3,965
  • Noel Hatch, 3,941
  • Shari L. Horne, 3,689
  • David Russell Ohrn, 3,030
  • Mara G. Hodgkins, 1,578

Total Ballots Cast:

  • Early Voting Ballots Cast: 58
  • Precinct Ballots Cast: 3,196
  • Vote-by-Mail Ballots Cast: 8,495
  • Total Ballots Cast: 11,749
2010 General Municipal Election

City Council

The 2010 General Municipal Election was cancelled due to the number of candidates not exceeding the number of offices to be filled. Candidates Bert Hack and Robert Ring were appointed to the City Council.

2008 General Municipal Election

Election Date: November 4, 2008

City Council

Elected – Brenda Ross, Martin “Marty” Rhodes, and Milton W. Robbins

Ballots Cast by Candidate:

  • Brenda Ross, 3,959
  • Martin “Marty” Rhodes, 3,596
  • Milton W. Robbins, 3,535
  • Arlene Sontag, 3,079
  • Mark Stein, 2,431
  • Ronald Beldner, 2,265
  • James “Jim” Kane, 1,955
  • Margo Bouer, 1,946
  • Robert “Bob” Tucker, 1,923
  • Marilynn J. Sortino, 1,766
2006 General Municipal Election

City Council

The 2006 General Municipal Election was cancelled due to the number of candidates not exceeding the number of offices to be filled. Candidates Bert Hack and Robert Ring were appointed to the City Council.

2004 General Municipal Election

Election Date: November 2, 2004

City Council

Elected – Brenda Ross, Robert “Bob” Bouer, and Milton W. Robbins

Ballots Cast by Candidate:

  • Brenda Ross, 6,551
  • Robert “Bob” Bouer, 6,039
  • Milton W. Robbins, 5,229
  • Elizabeth “Bea” McArthur, 4,537
  • Denise D. Welch, 3,846
  • Gerald Wass, 2,300
2002 General Municipal Election

Election Date: November 5, 2002

City Council

Elected – Robert B. Ring and Bert Hack

Ballots Cast by Candidate:

  • Robert B. Ring, 5,041
  • Bert Hack, 4,898
  • Dave Schlenker, 3,461
  • Maurice S. Kravitz, 3,198

Measure O-Laguna Woods Appropriation Limit

Approved 7,546 (Yes) to 1,870 (No)

Measure P-Laguna Woods Appropriations Limit Inc

Approved 6,672 (Yes) to 2,769 (No)

2000 General Municipal Election

Election Date: April 11, 2000

City Council

Elected – Robert Bouer, Brenda B. Ross, and Jan Nelson McLaughlin

Ballots Cast by Candidate:

  • Robert Bouer, 4,850
  • Brenda B. Ross, 3,698
  • Jan Nelson McLaughlin, 3,196
  • Jacqueline Carey, 2,845
  • Victor Kay, 1,777
  • Ann M. Snider, 1,642
  • Mary Stone, 1,428
  • Helen Mencher, 862
  • Juel Anderson, 550
1999 Incorporation Election

Election Date: March 2, 1999

Measure A-Incorporation of the City in the Leisure World Area

Shall the order adopted on September 15, 1998 by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Orange ordering the incorporation of the territory described in the order and designated in the order as the incorporation of the Leisure World subject to the terms and conditions specified in the order, including the establishment of an appropriations limit for the new city of the Leisure World area of $3,581,586.00 and the continuance as city taxes of the sales and use tax, transient occupancy, the real property transfer tax, and other general taxes presently imposed by the county at the same rate as imposed by the county and using the same manner of collection, be confirmed?

Approved 5,394 (Yes) to 5,052 (No)

Measure B-District/At Large

Should the order of incorporation be confirmed, shall the members of the city council in future elections be elected by district or at large?

“At Large” Approved 4,804 to “District” 3,557

Measure C-City Name

Should the order of incorporation be confirmed, should the city be named: Laguna Verde or Laguna Woods?

“Laguna Woods” Approved 5,527 to “Laguna Verde” 2,953

City Council

Elected – Jim Thorpe, Bert Hack, Ann Snider, Brenda Ross, and Victor Kay

Jim Thorpe and Bert Hack were elected to three-year terms. Ann Snider, Brenda Ross, and Victor Kay were elected to one-year terms.

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