Run for office! Learn how at our Neighborhood Council candidate info sessions. You’re invited to join the City of Los Angeles Dept of Neighborhood Empowerment and the LA City Clerk’s Elections Division for one of our upcoming virtual candidate info sessions for the 2020-2021 Neighborhood Council elections

LA’s 99 Neighborhood Councils together form the grassroots arm of the City of Los Angeles government. Board members serve their terms in office as volunteers, and are elected by the members of the communities they serve.

Candidate applications are open for your Neighborhood Council now through Tuesday January 5, 2021 for the election on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

At our sessions, you’ll learn tips for:

— Low-cost/no-cost strategies for running a successful campaign

— connecting with voters — advocating for issues you’re passionate about

— writing your personal statements

— filling out your candidate application

Upcoming session dates:

Saturday January 16, 2021:  9:00am – 11:00am (PST)
Saturday January 30, 2021:  9:00am – 11:00am (PST)


Sign up to attend and see new dates as they are added, at:

This virtual session will take place on Zoom. Details to join the session online or by phone will be shared in your confirmation email after you RSVP.

Please RSVP even if you aren’t sure if you can attend, as you’ll get on the email list to receive important resources and a copy of the presentation after the session.


Spanish translation will be provided. Please email us at 72 hours before the session begins, if you need other accessibility or translation help, or if you have a question about these sessions.


CANDIDATE FILING PORTAL Want to check out the candidate application for the 2021 elections or jump right into filing to run? Visit the City Clerk’s candidate portal at:


Learn more about what it means to serve on an LA Neighborhood Council at:


Unlike other city, state, or federal elections, voting and being a candidate in Neighborhood Council elections is open to more than just the residents of a community.

Participation is open to those who live, work, or own property or a business within a Council’s boundaries, as well as to “community interest stakeholders,” such as church members, local students (or parents of students), or members of local service organizations.

Candidates need not be US citizens or legal residents to qualify. Participation is also open to the formerly incarcerated.

The minimum age to vote is 16. The minimum age to run for most Neighborhood Council seats is 18, except for Youth Seat candidates, who may be between the ages of 16-18.