2018 City of Woodburn Elections

The City positions open for election at the November 6, 2018 general election are:


Councilor -Ward III:

Councilor -Ward IV:  

Councilor -Ward V:        

At-Large position (2-year term)

Precinct 835 (4 -year term)        

Precinct 845 (4 -year term)

Precinct 855 (4 -year term)


Candidates must be qualified electors and have resided in the City of Woodburn during the 12 months immediately preceding the election. Candidates for City Council positions must reside within the boundaries of the Ward position they are seeking election to. Candidates for Mayor must reside within the City limits.


Please read carefully the attached information from the 2018 Candidate’s Manual, and this letter, for information about the filing process. Master forms for the 2018 election are provided in this packet. These forms are to be filed in the City Recorder’s office no sooner than May 30, 2018 and all filing requirements must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on August 28, 2018.  Please contact the City Recorder's Office to set-up an appointment to review important filing deadlines, paperwork, and process questions.

The process requires the candidate to submit the following:

The SEL 101 and SEL 121 must be approved by the City Recorder as the City Elections Filing Officer, prior to signatures being gathered. Following notice of approval provided in writing by the City Recorder, a candidate may circulate the Candidate Signature Sheet - Nonpartisan (SEL 121).

Pursuant to City Ordinance 1867, a candidate for City Council must receive at least twenty (20) signatures from registered voters residing within the Ward they seek to represent and Mayoral candidates must receive at least twenty (20) signatures from registered voters residing within the City limits.  It is recommended to obtain more than the required number of signatures to ensure the petition has a sufficient number of valid signatures.

All signatures must be original signatures of the signers, and witnessed by the petition circulator. The petition circulator must complete the Circulator Certification after witnessing all signatures collected on a sheet as well as sign and have notarized, a Circulator Affidavit

After a sufficient number of signatures have been collected, candidates must provide the Petition Submission form (SEL 338) and Candidate Signature Sheet - Nonpartisan (SEL 121) to the City Recorder. The City Recorder will then verify the signatures for sufficiency and validity with the Marion County Clerk. The signature sheets should be submitted to the City Recorder no later than August 22, 2018 to ensure that there is sufficient time to verify the signatures and provide an opportunity to obtain additional signatures if necessary.


Each candidate must establish a campaign account and file a Statement of Organization designating a candidate committee, unless the candidate meets all three of the following conditions:

  1. The candidate serves as the candidate’s own treasurer;
  2. The candidate does not have an existing candidate committee; and
  3. The candidate does not expect to receive or spend more than $750 during a calendar year (including personal funds).

However, if at any time the candidate exceeds $750 in either contributions or expenditures, the candidate must establish a campaign account and file form SEL 220 within three business days of exceeding the $750 threshold.  Please review the Campaign Finance Manual for instructions and a schedule of filing deadlines. Oregon law requires that campaign finance activities be filed electronically (with State Elections). Candidates use ORESTAR free of charge to file forms.


Candidate Statements for the County Voters’ Pamphlet(s) must be filed directly with the Marion County Elections Office.  Participation in the Marion County Voter Pamphlet is entirely up to the Candidate. A statement for inclusion in county voters' pamphlet must be filed by September 10, 2018. For more information please contact Marion County Elections.


If you plan to have signs displayed for the election, please note that the City of Woodburn has regulations regarding signs:

Signs may be placed on private property with the property owner’s consent.

Signs may not be placed:

      1.   In the Right-of-Way

      2.   In the Center Medians

      3.   In any City-owned property

Please contact the City of Woodburn’s Planning Department for more information on sign regulations at (503) 982-5246.


Additional information regarding elections can be requested from the following:

Oregon Secretary of State

Elections Division

255 Capitol St. NE,  Suite 501

Salem, OR  97310


E-mail: elections.sos@state.or.us​​​

Phone: 503.986.1518

Marion County Clerk

Elections Division

555 Court St. NE, Suite 2130

Salem, Oregon 97301


E-mail: elections@co.marion.or.us

Phone: 503.588.5041

Thank you for your interest in serving the citizens of Woodburn.

Heather Pierson, CMC

City Recorder