Election Information


The City of Orinda conducts municipal elections on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even numbered years.  Council members serve four (4) year staggered terms.  There is no limit on the number of terms a council member may serve.

The next General Municipal Election is November 6, 2018.

The City Clerk is the local elections administrator and coordinates with Contra Costa County in the conduct of Municipal Elections. The November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election will fill three seats on the City Council for four year terms.  Persons interested in running for the office of City Council Member for the City of Orinda should contact the City Clerk’s Office at (925) 253-4221. Successful candidates will be installed in the month of December 2018.

Candidate Eligibility
Any person who is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States, a resident and registered voter of the City in which they are seeking office, and who is not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the State of California from holding a civil office, is eligible to be elected or appointed to a City Office.


The filing period for candidates for the office of Council Member has been extended to August 15th, 2018.  This extension is granted as an incumbent Council Member, eligible to run for re-election, did not file nomination papers during the regular filing period.

Candidates must file their nomination papers at the City Clerk’s Office at 22 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA, no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 15, 2018.  No incumbent of an office up for election, who did not file their nomination papers during the regular filing period, may file for candidacy during this extended filing period.

City Council Nomination Updates (will be posted as they change and at the end of each day through the nomination period)

Voter Registration

Voters qualify for registration by being a U.S. citizen, aged 18 years or older, a resident of Orinda, and neither in prison nor on parole for a felony conviction. Re-registration is required if you have moved since you last registered, changed your name, or changed your political party affiliation.

The registration deadline is 15 days before an election. For the November 6, 2018 General Election the deadline to register to vote is October 22, 2018. You may register to vote online at the California Secretary of State's Website. For more information, contact the Contra Costa County Elections Division at (925) 335-7800.

Candidate Handbook and Other Resources:
The Candidate Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the process for becoming a candidate for City elected office.  Feel free to contact the City Clerk if you have any additional questions.

General Election Calendar - November 6, 2018 - Key Election Administration Dates

City Council Nomination Update