City of Hermiston Elections

Thank you for your interest in serving the citizens of Hermiston. This information is being provided to assist you in understanding the requirements and responsibilities of elected officials in the City of Hermiston and as a guide intended to provide an overview of the local election process.

For detailed background on the process, refer to Hermiston’s City Charter and Municipal Code.

In addition to understanding Hermiston’s regulations, candidates also need to be aware of State requirements, and should reference the current publications posted on the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division website. In addition, the Umatilla County Elections website is a valuable resource for local candidates.

About the City’s Form of Government

Hermiston uses a “Council-Manager” form of government, similar to the large majority of Oregon cities.  In a Council-Manager form of government, all powers of the City are vested in the City Council.  The Council, made up of 8 elected Hermiston residents, ultimately decides whether or not the City will take an action on matters concerning the City. The Mayor is elected separately from the City Council, and only votes in the event of a tie. The Council hires a City Manager, to manage all of the day-to-day operations.

What is Expected of Elected Officials

Elected officials occupy positions of public trust and must adhere to all State, local, and Federal Laws, as well as Oregon Laws of Government Ethics. Elected officials are expected to:

  • Read and review agenda packets and information prior to attending meetings.
  • Attend two (2) regularly scheduled City Council Meetings each month,
  • In addition to attending other special and assigned monthly meetings of the City, to include:
    • Work Session meetings,
    • Committee meetings,
    • Board meetings, and
    • City Administration meetings.
  • Elected officials are encouraged to attend seminars and conferences in order to continue their education and knowledge of all aspects that affect the community in which they serve.

Ward & At-Large Positions

Half of the City Councilors are elected by "wards," which means that they live within that ward and must remain a resident of that ward throughout their term in office; however, all councilors are elected by all city residents. 

A ward map is available, by request, at City Hall and HERE.

The Mayor, At-Large Councilors, and Municipal Court Judge are “At-Large” positions, which mean they may live anywhere within City limits.

Positions and Terms---All Positions are Nonpartisan

**Positions with an asterisk * below indicate open positions that can be filed for candidacy.** (None avaliable at this time)

Positions Terms Incumbents Term Expiration
Mayor Four years Dr. David Drotzmann  12/31/2020
Councilor - Ward I (Precinct 126)  Four years Lori Davis 12/31/2018
Councilor - Ward II (Precinct 127 & 128)  Four years Clara Beas-Fitzgerald 12/31/2018
Councilor - Ward III (Precinct 129)  Four years Jackie C. Myers 12/31/2018
Councilor - Ward IV (Precinct 130)  Four years Douglas Smith 12/31/2018
Councilor - At-Large Four years Manuel Gutierrez 12/31/2020
Councilor - At-Large Four years Rod S. Hardin 12/31/2020
Councilor - At-Large Four years John Kirwan 12/31/2020
Councilor - At-Large Four years Doug Primmer 12/31/2020
*Municipal Court Judge  Two years Thomas J. Creasing, Jr 12/31/2018

More information regarding incumbents can be located on the City Council web page.

Qualifications for Candidacy

To be eligible for the office of Mayor, Ward Specific Councilor, At-Large Councilor, or Municipal Court Judge, candidates must, at the time of their election:

  • Be a qualified elector under state law.
  • Reside within the city for at least one year immediately before election or appointment to office.
  • Not be a candidate for more than one city office, at a single election.
  • May not be employed by the city.

Running for Multiple Offices

Candidates can file for more than one position, and be on more than more board/council, as long as the offices are:

  • Not on the same district board;
  • Not a city office on the same ballot;
  • Not for more than one precinct committeeperson office; and
  • Not a lucrative office- An office is considered lucrative if a salary or other compensation, beyond expenses, is attached to it; it is created by statute or the constitution; its holder exercises part of the sovereign power of government; it is a matter of public concern; and the position is not temporary or intermittent.

Your Local Resource

As the Elections Officer for the City of Hermiston, the City Recorder is available as a resource during your candidacy. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions related to the election process - Mon-Fri 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

Lilly Alarcon-Strong, Elections Officer/City Recorder
City Hall
180 NE 2nd St
Hermiston, OR 97838
Mon-Fri 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
541-667-5004
lalarcon-strongathermiston.or.us

Important Dates

If you are interested in running for office, here are some critical dates for your calendar:

Date Description
May 15, 2017 Any person running for City office must have been a City resident by this date.
September 7, 2017 First day you may file your completed declaration of candidacy form (SEL101).
March 6, 2018 at 5:00pm Last day that you may file your completed declaration of candidacy (SEL101) for the primary election.
March 8, 2018 Last day to file candidate statements with the County Elections Office for the voters’ pamphlet.
March 9, 2018 Last day to withdraw candidacy to be removed from the primary ballot (SEL150). Please note: Candidates may withdraw at any time using the SEL150 form.
May 15, 2018 Primary Election.
August 28, 2018 at 5:00pm Last day that you may file your completed declaration of candidacy (SEL101) for the general election.
August 30, 2018 Last day to file candidate statements for City positions with the County Elections Office for the voters’ pamphlet.
August 31, 2018 Last day to withdraw candidacy to be removed from the general ballot (SEL150). Please note: Candidates may withdraw at any time using the SEL150 form.
November 6, 2018 Election Day.
January 14, 2019 Oath of Office administered at the first Council meeting of the new year, after certified election results received from the County and accepted by the City Council.

How to File for Candidacy

Step #1

File SEL101: Candidate Filing form with the City Elections Officer/City Recorder. This form available at City Hall from the City’s Elections Officer/City Recorder and HERE.

Please Note: All city election forms that are filed with, and maintained by, the City Elections Officer/City Recorder and are a matter of public record.

Step #2

The City’s Elections Officer reviews the prospective petition and verifies information on the SEL101 Candidate Filing with Umatilla County Elections Division.

Once information has been verified, the Elections Officer/City Recorder will notify the candidate, in writing, confirming their candidacy and the candidate may begin campaigning, if they have not already done so.

Step #3

Follow Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements. Visit http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/manuals-tutorials.aspx for the candidate “Quick Guide” on campaign finance reporting in Oregon and the 2016 Campaign Finance Manual.  Be sure to review the contribution and expenditure reporting requirements and observe the filing deadlines. For detailed information regarding who must file and when, refer to the Candidate Manual or check with the Secretary of State at 503-986-1518.

Withdrawal of Candidacy or Nomination

To withdraw from candidacy or nomination, a candidate must file an SEL150 Candidate Filing Withdrawal form with the City Elections Officer. Forms are available at City Hall from the Elections Officer/City Recorder and HERE.

The County Voters’ Pamphlet

Each candidate is responsible for their own voters’ pamphlet submission, if you choose to file one, with Umatilla County’s Election Division which generally includes: a current photograph, brief biography, and a statement on issues.  Umatilla County Election’s Division charges a fee to the candidate for this filing. 

Election Process

FOR: At-Large Council Candidates.

Candidates will run only in the General Election. The four (4) candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected into office.

FOR: Mayor, Ward Specific Council, and Municipal Court Judge Candidates.

If, at the May primary election (the third Tuesday of May), two (2) or less candidates file nomination petitions or declarations of candidacy for the position of Mayor, Ward Specific Councilor, or Municipal Judge, then the May election shall be considered the general election.

If three (3) or more candidates file, then the May election shall be considered the primary election and the two (2) candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be the nominees whose names shall appear on the ballot for the November General Election.  Should any candidate receive a majority of all votes cast for the office at the May election, then the name of that candidate shall be printed separately on the ballot at the general election under the designation equivalent to “Vote for One” and no other name shall be printed on the ballot in opposition to such candidate.  One space, however, shall be left following such name in which the voter may insert the name of any person for whom the voter wishes to cast a ballot.

Campaigning Q&A’s

Q - I am a Ward- Council Candidate, can only those who reside in my ward vote for me?

A - No. Any and all electors in the City can vote for members in each ward, no matter where they live.

Q - Can I put up political campaigning signs around the City?

A - Yes, as long as:

  • Each sign does not exceed four (4) square feet in size;
  • Signs must be placed on private property with the owner’s permission;
    • They must not be placed on public property or in the public right-of-way (i.e., streets, sidewalks, utility poles, parks, school grounds, etc.);
  • The City requests signs be removed within ten (10) days after the election.

Q - Can I campaign door-to-door?

A - Yes.

Q - I plan to spend or receive funding for campaign related expenses, do I need to report this? And, if so, to whom?

A - Yes & No…

  • Yes, if:
    • At any time during a calendar year a candidate exceeds $750.00 in either contributions or expenditures (including personal funds).
    • In this case, there are reporting requirements set by Oregon Campaign Finance Law.  For more information, please see the Campaign Finance Requirements located at: http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/orestar.aspx or contact the Secretary of State – Elections Division at (503) 378-5105.
  • No, if:
    • The candidates does not receive or spend more than $750.00 during a calendar year;
    • Does not have an existing candidate committee; and
    • Serves as their own treasurer.

Election Offices & Information Resources

City of Hermiston
Lilly Alarcon-Strong
Elections Officer/City Recorder
180 NE 2nd St
Hermiston, OR 97838
Mon-Fri 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
541-667-5004
lalarcon-strongathermiston.or.us

Umatilla County Elections Office
Courthouse Room #18, Basement
216 SE 4th. St.
Pendleton, OR 97801
Mon-Fri 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
Election Day 7:00a.m.-8:00p.m.
541-278-6254
http://www.co.umatilla.or.us/elections/index.html

Oregon State Elections Division
141 State Capitol
Salem, OR 97310
503‐986‐1518
http://oregonvotes.gov