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 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
  • City Council Rules of Order and Procedure

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 on the City's website.

The Mayor, At-Large Councilors, and Municipal Court Judge are “At-Large” positions, which means 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.** 

Positions Terms Incumbents Term Expiration
Mayor Four years Dr. David Drotzmann  12/31/2020
Councilor - Ward I (Precinct 126)  Four years Lori Davis 12/31/2022
Councilor - Ward II (Precinct 127 & 128)  Four years Roy Barron 12/31/2022
Councilor - Ward III (Precinct 129)  Four years Jackie C. Myers 12/31/2022
Councilor - Ward IV (Precinct 130)  Four years VACANT 12/31/2022
*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 David Patrick McCarthy 12/31/2020
*Councilor - At-Large Four years Doug Primmer 12/31/2020
Municipal Court Judge  Two years Thomas J. Creasing, Jr 12/31/2020

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

2020 Primary Election Results

Qualified voters of the City of Hermiston, by majority vote, at the Primary Election, elected the following individuals to office effective January 1, 2021:

  • Dr. David Drotzmann- Mayor - Four year term ending 12/31/2024
  • Thomas J. Creasing, Jr- Municipal Court Judge- Two year term ending 12/31/2022

2020 General Election Councilor At-Large Candidates

Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, an election will be held in the City of Hermiston, Umatilla County, Oregon for your choice of four (4) candidates for the offices of Councilors At-large, for four-year terms, expiring December, 31, 2024.  The election will be conducted by mail.  Your choice of candidates will be presented upon the official ballots as follows and shall be voted upon by all qualified voters of the City (updated 09/02/2020): 

  • Doug Primmer
  • Rod S. Hardin
  • Nancy R. Peterson
  • David Patrick McCarthy
  • Maria E. Duron

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 committee person 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.

Important Dates

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

Date Description
December 31, 2019 Any person running for City office must have been a City resident by this date.
September 12, 2019 First day you may file your completed declaration of candidacy form (SEL101) for Mayor and Municipal Court Judge.
March 10, 2020 at 5:00pm Last day that you may file your completed declaration of candidacy (SEL101) for the primary election.
March 23, 2020 Last day to file candidate statements with the County Elections Office for the voters’ pamphlet.
March 13, 2020 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.
April 28, 2020 Last day to register to vote for the primary election.
May 19, 2020 Primary Election- for Mayor and Municipal Court Judge. Closes at 8:00pm.
June 3, 2020 First day you may file your completed declaration of candidacy form (SEL101) for At-Large Council.
August 25, 2020 at 5:00pm Last day that you may file your completed declaration of candidacy (SEL101) for the general election.
August 28, 2020 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.

September 8, 2020

Last day to file candidate statements with the County Elections Office for the voters’ pamphlet.

October 13, 2020 Last day to register to vote for the general election.
November 3, 2020 General Election- for At-Large Council.
January 13, 2021 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 or download the form.

Please Note: All city election forms that are filed with, and maintained by, the City Elections Officer/City Recorder 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 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 or download the form.

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. Please contact them directly.

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: 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

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.

City of Hermiston
Lilly Alarcon-Strong, CMC
Elections Officer/City Recorder
180 NE 2nd St
Hermiston, OR 97838
Mon-Fri 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

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.

Oregon State Elections Division
141 State Capitol
Salem, OR 97310