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The City of Lathrop consolidates its General Municipal Elections with San Joaquin County. The General Municipal Elections are in conjunction with statewide elections, scheduled on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years. The City Clerk oversees administration of municipal elections and election services, all election services are provided according to the California Elections Code.

The Mayor is elected at-large for a two-year term. City Councilmembers are elected at-large for a four-year term. Councilmembers serve "staggered" terms, meaning that 2 seats are open for election every two years.


Each member of the City Council shall receive a salary, the amount of which shall be based on the maximum amount allowable on the schedule set forth in Government Code Section 36516. The current maximum amount is $300 per month.


The 2018 General Municipal Election will be held on November 6, 2018 for the following terms:
  • One - Mayor's Seat - Elected at-large for a two-year-term
    o Term Ending - Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal

  • Two - City Council Seats - Elected at-large for a four-year-term
    o Term Ending - Councilmember Dresser & Councilmember Akinjo

  • One - City Council Seat (unscheduled vacancy) - Elected at-large for a partial two-year term
    o Term Ending - Vice Mayor Elliott

Information contained on this page is for candidates for Lathrop City Council only. Candidates running for offices on special district boards that represent Lathrop residents should contact the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters at (209) 468-2885 or visit their website for additional information.

Please see the Guide for Nomination and Candidacy for step by step information on running for local office.

Nomination Period

This is the period when individuals officially receive, circulate and file nomination papers for candidacy. The nomination period opens Monday, July 16, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Please make an appointment to obtain nomination papers from the City Clerk / Elections Official by calling (209) 941-7230 beginning Monday, July 16, 2018.

If an eligible incumbent does not file nomination papers by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018, the nomination period will be extended for non-incumbents only until Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

Placement of Political Campaign Signs

Political campaign sign placement information is available by viewing the Lathrop Municipal Code Chapter 17.84 "Signs"

Eligibility for Candidacy

To be eligible to run for City Council, a person must be a registered voter of Lathrop at the time nomination papers are issued. In order to qualify as a registered voter in Lathrop you must be:

  • A United States citizen

  • A resident of Lathrop

  • At least 18 years of age on the date of the next election

  • Not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction

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