The City of Forest Grove operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is responsible to the citizens of Forest Grove to establish and direct the policies governing the administration and management of the City.
The City Charter states, "Except as this Charter otherwise provides, all powers of the City are vested in the Council". The Council consists of a Mayor and six Councilors each elected at large for four-year terms. Benefits: Mayor position is paid $300 per month stipend and Council positions are paid $200 per month stipend, set by resolution. Medical, vision and dental insurance benefits are offered to those who wish to participate. The City contributes a substantial percentage. The city provides an electronic device for council email, agendas and packets. Councilors serve 4-year terms.
Candidacy in the 2024 City Council Election - November 5, 2024
City Council Candidate Qualifications and Residency Requirements
- Be a qualified elector under the State of Oregon.
- May not be a candidate at a single election for more than one city office.
- Reside in the city at least one year immediately before the election or appointment to office.
- May not be employed by the city.
- The Council is the final judge of the election and qualifications of its members.
Please contact the City Recorder's Office, Elections Official, for more information.
2024 Dates for Filing for City Council
|First Day to File (120 days prior) - Petition ID Number required
|July 8, 2024
|Suggested deadline to submit signatures for verification to county elections (allow at least five business days)
|2024 Elections Calendar (to come)
|Last Day to File (70 days prior) - 25 certified signatures required
|August 27, 2024
|Last Day for candidates to file Voter Pamphlet Candidate Statement with county elections (fee)
|2024 Elections Calendar (to come)
Steps for Running for Candidacy
Below is the summary of the steps involved in running for candidacy in the City of Forest Grove.
- 2022 City Council Candidate Info
- 2022 General Election Voters' Pamphlet
- 2022 Primary Election Results
- 2020 General Election Voters' Pamphlet
- 2020 General Election Results
Political Signs Code Provisions
Step 1 - File Prospective Petition in Lieu of Filing Fee
A candidate must file the following with city elections official:
- SEL 101 Candidate Filing (PDF) - Nonpartisan marked "Prospective Petition, in lieu of filing fee"
- SEL 121 Candidate Signature Sheet (PDF) - Nonpartisan (must be approved before circulating - Step 2). Fill out all top portions only, leave signature lines blank. Print at least four copies as each sheet contains 10 signatures.
Step 2 - Approval to Circulate Petition & Required Signatures (Petition ID & Approval Required)
The city elections official shall notify the candidate within five business days after filing, certifying that the prospective candidate petition may be circulated among city electors and advise the candidate of the number of valid signatures required pursuant to City Code Chapter 30. If approved, the city elections official will issue a Petition ID.
Note: Collecting signatures without a Petition ID will result in the rejection of the signature sheets. A petition signature sheet will be rejected if the certification is not completed or determined to be insufficient.
A minimum of 25 active city registered voters' signatures are required to qualify for the ballot, in lieu of filing fee (City Code). It is recommended to collect at least 30 signatures to ensure petition contains a sufficient number of active registered voters' signatures.
- Only active Forest Grove registered voters may sign a petition.
- No elector may sign more than one petition.
- Failure to comply with the legal requirements and guidelines will result in rejection of signature sheets as well as signatures. Refer to the Circulator Training Manual (PDF), Circulating a Petition Guidelines Page 9; Certification of Signature Sheets; and Examples Pages 18 and 19.
Step 3 - Signature Sheets Verification (Washington County Elections)
To complete the signature sheet verification process, the candidate must:
- Ensure each signature sheet is signed and dated by circulator
- Signature sheets are numbered by the candidate
- Submit the signature sheets in person to the Washington County Elections official for verification allowing sufficient time for the verification process to be completed prior to the city's filing deadline. Allow at least three business days for county elections to complete the signature verification.
Please call Washington County Elections at 503-846-5800 to schedule a date/time to submit the signature sheets for verification. Washington County Elections is located at:
Washington County Elections
2925 NE Aloclek Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97124-7523
The county elections official will:
- Verify the original signatures against the voters' current registration record
- Return the certified signature sheets to the candidate
- Provide the summary results of signature verification
If it is determined that there are not enough valid signatures and/or the signatures are rejected and the city's filing deadline has not passed, the candidate may submit additional signatures.
Step 4 - Complete Petition Filing
To complete the city's petition filing process a candidate must file with the city elections official no later than the city's filing deadline:
- SEL 338 - Petition Submission (PDF) - Candidate, Voters' Pamphlet
- Washington County Elections Summary Results of Signature Verification, along with the certified signature sheets.
If at any time a petition is found to be deficient, the city elections official will notify the candidate within five business days after filing, certifying in writing that petition is insufficient. A deficient petition may be amended and filed again as a new petition if the city's filing deadline has not passed.
The city elections official will verify qualifications for the prospective candidate prior to their name being placed on the ballot. If the candidate does not qualify for the position, the filing will be rejected.
Once a petition is completed and verified for the requirements, in accordance with the City Charter and City Code, the city elections official will notify the candidate in writing that the candidate is now officially qualified to have their name printed on the ballot for the election.
SEL 150 - Candidate Filing - Withdrawal (PDF) - To file a withdrawal of candidacy, the candidate must file the form with city elections official no later than the last day to withdraw. Once a petition has been withdrawn it may not be reactivated.
Statement of Economic Interest: The ORS 244.050 requires individuals holding certain public positions (elected officials, appointed officials and planning commissioners) to file a Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) report with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission (OGEC) by April of each year upon taking office. A civil penalty may be imposed by the State for each violation of any ORS provision.
Step 5 - Washington County Voters' Pamphlet - $100 Filing Fee
JCVP-01 - Joint County Voters' Pamphlet Candidate Statement (PDF) - Candidate Statements are Optional. The candidate may choose to include a Candidate Statement and portrait in the County Voters' Pamphlet. No candidate information will be listed unless the JCVP-01 for County Voters' Pamphlet form is filed and the appropriate fee is paid ($100) no later than 5 pm on the filing deadline (2024 Elections Calendar (to come).
- If the name of a person and/or title or organization is used as part of the statement in the JCVP-01, a signed JCVP-02 form must be filed no later than 5 pm on the filing deadline. Please see the JCVP-02 form for more information.
- Any name (other than the candidate or committee submitting the JCVP-01) listed in the 'Candidate's Statement' without a submitted signed JCVP-02 form or one not filed by 5 pm on the filing deadline will be removed per ORS 251.405.