Information for Council Candidates


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Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (consolidated with the County of Orange)


Tuesday, January 31, 2023


Vote Centers mean many more options for voters. Elections are no longer a one-day event. Voting begins the month before any election day when every voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot. Take advantage of the alternatives available to avoid congestion – from voting at home, drive-thru ballot drop-off, in-person options, returning your ballot via the United States Postal Service, or personally deliver your ballot to us – the choice is yours.


     • Seal Beach Senior Center
707 Electric Avenue

Opens May 28, 2022
     • Fire Station #48
3131 North Gate Road
Opens June 4, 2022




You can now vote at any Orange County Vote Center. Click here to view a list of Vote Centers, or click here to view pop-up one-day voting locations.


With Vote Centers, all registered voters in Orange County will receive a vote-by-mail ballot. Do you prefer to cast your ballot in person? No problem! Visit any Vote Center in Orange County to cast your ballot in person. Click here to request a replacement ballot.


Ballot drop boxes are a great way to deliver your ballot to the County without having to visit a Vote Center. Click here to view a list of ballot drop boxes. The drop box in Seal Beach is located at the Mary Wilson Library, 707 Electric Ave.

Available 24/7 starting May 9, 2022 until June 7, 2022 at 8pm.


District One – Old Town & Surfside Colony
District Three – Hill, Coves, Bridgeport, & Heron Pointe
District Five – Leisure World

City Council District Maps


  1. Four-year term
  2. Term limit – two terms (8 years)


  1. Citizen of the United States
  2. Registered voter
  3. Resident of the City of Seal Beach and Council District
  4. 18 years of age or older
  5. A person is not eligible to hold a position as City Council Member unless he or she is, at the time of assuming office, an elector of the City/Council District and was a registered voter of the City at the time the nomination papers were issued to the candidate.
  6. Council Members are paid $600 per month (MC 3.05.010 - Ord. #1561)
    Expense & Use of Public Resource – Policy 300-09


  1. At the City Council meeting in December each year, the City Council selects
    the Mayor and the Mayor Pro Tempore from among its members.
  2. The Mayor represents the City at community functions, maintains liaison with other governmental agencies, and serves as the presiding officer at City Council meetings. The City Council Member who will serve as Mayor is selected every year by the City Council. The City Council also selects a Mayor Pro Tempore every year to serve in the absence of the Mayor.


  1. 2022 Calendar of Meeting Dates 
  2. FPPC 2022 Filing Schedule - Candidates and Committees


  1. Council Meetings Regular City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m. Special or Adjourned City Council meetings may be held as needed.
  2. City Hall Office Hours
    Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed from 12-1 p.m. daily)
  3. City Council Agendas/Meeting Videos
    The City Council and Planning Commission meetings can be viewed “live” and
    archived videos are available on the City’s website
  4. City Council Minutes
    Minutes of prior City Council meetings are available on the City’s website.
  5. Municipal Code & Charter
    Copies of the Municipal Code and City Charter are available on the website or in the City Clerk’s office.

    What is a Charter City?
    A charter city is a City in which the governing system is defined by the City's own charter document rather than by state, provincial, regional, or national laws. In locations where city charters are allowed by law, a city can adopt or modify its organizing charter by a majority vote of its resident citizens. A charter gives a city's residents the flexibility to choose any kind of government structure allowed by law. A copy of the Seal Beach Charter can be reviewed at the City Clerk’s office or libraries (it is included with the Seal Beach Municipal Code book).

  1. City Election Rules & Regulations- Quick Reference:
    Municipal Code – Title 2 - Elections
    Municipal Code – Title 7.20.075 – Signs on Public Property
    Temporary Campaign Sign Guidelines
    City Charter – Article IV – Elective Officers
    City Charter – Article V – Elections
    Administrative Policy – #200-20 – Employee Endorsements
  2. City of Seal Beach Budget
    How is the City budget created?
    The City Manager has the responsibility for the preparation of the proposed annual budget for the City. The City Council is responsible for reviewing the document and making policy choices that ensure that the budget fits the needs of the community. After adoption by the City Council, the City Manager implements and administers the budget. A copy of the budget can also be viewed in the City Clerk’s office.
  3. Capital Improvement Projects Report
    The CIP report can be viewed on the City’s website or is available at the City Clerk’s office.
  4. Boards, Commissions, & Committees
    Who appoints City Board, Commission, and Committee members?
    The City Council appoints all members of official City Boards, Commissions, and Committees. The Council may also establish other committees to study a particular issue in the City (AdHoc or Standing).


  1. What is the Council/City Manager form of local government?
    The Council/City Manager form is the system of local government that
    combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of
    the City Council with the strong managerial experience of the City Manager.
  2. What is the purpose of the Council/City Manager form of local government?
    The Council/City Manager form of local government is intended to provide the City Council with the power to govern a community and the City Manager with the authority to carry out the Council’s programs.
  3. What is the difference between the role of the Council and the role of the City Manager?
    The City Council is the community’s legislative body and provides direction on business matters, sets policy, and adopts the annual budget. The City Council hires the City Manager and supervises his/her performance. The City Manager serves as the City Council’s chief advisor, prepares the budget, oversees City staff, and acts to carry out the City Council’s policies and programs.
    Because the City Council is the legislative body, its members are the community’s decision makers. The City Manager is hired to serve at the pleasure of the City Council as its full-time executive whose job it is to administer the City staff, projects, policies, and programs on behalf of the City Council.
  4. How is City policy formulated and established under the Council/City Manager plan?
    The City Council retains the sole power of being the policy making and legislative body for the City. However, both the City Council and City Manager have responsibility for initiating consideration of new policies and programs. The City Manager routinely prepares policy alternatives and recommendations for consideration by the City Council. The City Council may adopt, reject, or modify the recommendations. The City Manager is bound by whatever action the majority of the City Council takes and is responsible for implementation of City Council-approved policy.
  5. Who appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, and other staff?
    The City Council is responsible for appointing the City Manager and City Attorney. The City Manager, serving as the City’s personnel officer, is responsible for appointing all other City employees, including the Chief of Police.




Nomination papers must be filed between Monday, July 18, 2022 and Friday, August 12, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. (by appointment only) in the Office of the City Clerk of Seal Beach (EC §10220)



  1. California Secretary of State - California Code of Regulations
  2. Ballot Designation Worksheet 
  3. Candidate must indicate the same Ballot Designation on the Ballot Designation Worksheet and the Affidavit of Nominee and Oath, including capitalization and punctuation.
  4. If Ballot Designation is changed prior to E-88, a new worksheet must be completed.
  5. Candidate’s must complete the Ballot Designation Worksheet in its entirety.  It is important that the candidate put the title of the office they’re seeking, including District numbers.
  6. Examples of Ballot Designations


  1. Candidate Statement Guidelines 
  2. Candidate’s Statement Formatting Guidelines Sample


  1. Candidate’s Handbook
  2. Candidate Filing Portal
  3. Election Results


  1. Local Candidate/Committee Checklist
  2. Campaign Basics – For Candidates Spending $2,000 or More
  3. Seal Beach Maximum Contribution Limit for City Candidate Elections (2.10.010)
  4. FPPC Resources/Seminars
  5. FPPC Manuals (updates coming soon)
  6. FPPC Advice
  7. When to file Campaign Statements: State and Local Filing Schedules
  8. FPPC Forms

o   Form 501, Candidate Intention Statement

§  Who Files: A candidate for state or local office must file this form for each election, including reelection to the same office. Exception: Candidates for county central committee that do not raise or spend $2,000 or more in a calendar year are not required to file a Form 501.
When to File
: File the Form 501 before you solicit or receive any contributions or before you make expenditures from personal funds on behalf of your candidacy. This form is considered filed the date it is postmarked or hand delivered. Ensure campaign deadlines are met. Go to for most campaign disclosure filing schedules or check with your local filing officer.
Where to File:
Local Candidates: Generally, your county election office or city clerk. Electronic filing may be required.

o   Form 410, Statement of Organization Recipient Committee

§  Who Files Recipient Committees: Persons (including an officeholder or candidate), organizations, groups, or other entities that raise contributions from others totaling $2,000 or more in a calendar year to spend on California elections. They must register with the Secretary of State and report all receipts and expenditures. “Contributions” include monetary payments, loans and non-monetary goods and services received or made for a political purpose.

Candidates: The personal funds of a candidate or officeholder used to seek or hold elective office are contributions and count toward qualifying as a recipient committee. However, personal funds used to pay a candidate filing fee or a fee for the statement of qualifications to appear in the ballot pamphlet do not count toward the $2,000 threshold.

Multipurpose Organizations: A nonprofit organization, federal or out-of-state PAC, or other multipurpose organization that makes contributions or expenditures in California elections may also be required to register as a recipient committee with the Secretary of State. See the Fact Sheet on Multipurpose Organizations Reporting Political Spending and the Supplemental Form 410 Instructions.

When to File: File this form within 10 days of receiving $2,000 in contributions. Include a $50 payment made payable to the Secretary of State. Thereafter, the $50 fee is due annually no later than January 15. In addition to the $50 fee, a penalty of $150 may be assessed if payment is late. For early submissions, mark the “not yet qualified” box. The $50 fee is requested at this time but is not legally required until the committee qualification threshold has been met.

Where to File All Committees: Form 410 with original ink signature(s) Secretary of State Political Reform Division 1500 11th Street, Rm 495 Sacramento, CA 95814

City Committees: Also file a copy with the local filing officer who will receive the original campaign statements.

o   Form 470, Officeholder and Candidate Campaign Statement Short Form and Form 470 Supplement

§  Who Uses Form 470: Form 470 is for use by officeholders and candidates who:

• do not have a controlled committee;

• do not anticipate receiving contributions totaling $2,000 or more during the calendar year; and

• do not anticipate spending $2,000 or more during the calendar year.

§  Officeholders and candidates who have a controlled committee or who have raised or spent $2,000, file the Recipient Committee Statement – Form 460.

§  When to File: Ensure campaign deadlines are met. Go to for campaign disclosure filing schedules. If the Form 470 is filed in connection with an election, or on or before the filing deadline for the first campaign statement required for the calendar year, no additional campaign statements need to be filed for that calendar year as long as total contributions received remain less than $2,000 and total expenditures made remain less than $2,000. In most cases, July 31 is the filing deadline for the first campaign statement required to be filed by officeholders and candidates not being voted upon. The Form 470 is filed in connection with an election if it is filed with the declaration of candidacy, or as a first pre-election statement in connection with an election, covering the year of the election. If, after filing Form 470, receipts or expenditures reach $2,000 or more, see the attached Form 470 Supplement for important reporting requirements.

o   Form 700, Statement of Economic Interests

§  Where to file:
Candidates: File with the City Clerk.

§  Form 700 FAQ

§  Form 700 Reference Pamphlet


  1. Getting your ID Number from the Secretary of State
  2. Important Telephone Number/Websites