Become a Boardmember

Represent your community

Candidate registration is open now through April 6


Candidate Filing

Candidate filing is now closed.

Candidates who still need to provide supporting documentation or who wish to make changes to their photo or statement may do so by updating their candidate application no later than Monday, April 11. Please refer to the list of acceptible forms of identification.

Candidates may also contact the City Clerk's Election Division at 213-978-0444 with any questions they may have.

Why should I consider running for the Board?

Simply put, serving on the SORO NC Board is a chance to give back and help shape our community.

The Neighborhood Council system was created to help neighborhoods work with local government to make it more responsive to our needs. A strong, active NC can make a huge difference in making our community a better place to live. To do that, we need community leaders like you.



For more information, see the section on running for office, below.

What does the NC do?

Advocate and represent our community’s wants and/or needs to local government officials and entities; weigh in on important City decisions that affect our community; foster a sense of community; and decide how to spend the City’s annual financial allocation ($42,000 this year) for priority community activities and projects.

What are the Board’s responsibilities?

Help in outreach to community members; represent our community to government officials; make decisions that will affect our community; and participate in at least two meetings each month (the General Board meeting and a committee meeting of your choice). The more active you are, the more rewarding you'll find the experience.

What skills would be helpful?

All qualified candidates are welcome, and it doesn't take long to get up to speed. Since we're all volunteers, we especially seek enthusiastic, hands-on candidates. Beyond that, let your skills shine:

  • Community organizing & outreach
  • Public relations
  • Design & web development 
  • Writingx
  • Video production
  • Land use & transportation planning
  • Event planning
  • Bookkeeping
  • Law
  • Emergency response
  • Multi-lingual skills
  • Etc.

2016 open Board seats

In this election, the NC has five residential district seats, three at-large seats, two business seats, two organization seats (one with a partial term), and one school seat open. You can see the SORO NC zones on our Mapping SORO page.

For the organization seats, the highest vote-getter will have a four year term, and the second-highest will have a two year term.

  • Zone 1 Representative

    1 seat open | 4 year term

    Candidate Eligibility: Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the election who lives within Zone 1 of the Council boundaries.

  • Zone 3 Representative

    1 seat open | 4 year term

    Candidate Eligibility: Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the election who lives within Zone 3 of the Council boundaries.

  • Zone 5 Representative

    1 seat open | 4 year term

    Candidate Eligibility: Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the election who lives within Zone 5 of the Council boundaries.

  • Zone 7 Representative

    1 seat open | 4 year term

    Candidate Eligibility: Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the election who lives within Zone 7 of the Council boundaries.

  • Zone 9 Representative

    1 seat open | 4 year term

    Candidate Eligibility: Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the election who lives within Zone 9 of the Council boundaries.

  • Business Representatives

    2 seats open (Representatives 2 and 4) | 4 year terms

    Candidate Eligibility: Stakeholders who own, operate, or work in a business or own business property or residential income property within the Council boundaries and who are at least 18 years of age at the time of the election.

  • Organization Representatives

    1 seat open (Representative 2) | 4 year term
    1 seat open (Representative 3) | 2 year partial term

    Candidate Eligibility: Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the election who officially represents organized groups of Stakeholders within the Council boundaries.

  • At-Large Representatives

    3 seats open (Representatives 1, 3, and 5) | 4 year terms

    Candidate Eligibility: Any Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the election.

  • School Representative

    1 seat open | 4 year term

    Candidate Eligibility: Stakeholder who works at a school or represents an official school booster organization in the council area and who is at least 18 years of age at the time of the election.


Running for office

Who can run for office?

Any stakeholder age 18 and above who qualifies for an open seat and has filed a timely application. Stakeholders are defined as “those who live, work or own real property in the neighborhood and also to those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder, defined as a person who affirms a substantial and ongoing participation within the Neighborhood Council’s boundaries and who may be in a community organization such as, but not limited to, educational, non-profit and/or religious organizations.” Additional requirements for individual seats are listed above.

All potential candidates must provide identification and any other applicable documentation to establish their stakeholder status for the position which they are applying. You may only run for one SORO NC seat per election.

Note that all elected Boardmembers must also complete manditory training prior to being seated.

Candidate filing

All potential candidates must complete a Candidate Filing Form and file the form with the the City Clerk and Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (aka EmpowerLA) by the candidate filing deadline: 11:50pm on April 6, 2016 (5pm deadline for mailed applications). All potential candidates will be notified by the Independent Election Administrator if their Candidate Filing Form is incomplete and the steps necessary to complete the candidate filing process. There will be no write-in candidates in this election. Candidates will appear on the ballots in a randomized order determined by EmpowerLA.

Candidates must also agree to abide by EmpowerLA's Candidate Guidelines.

Candidates may submit a Candidate Statement as part of their application which will be publicly available and posted on the SORO NC and EmpowerLA websites.

Candidate information sessions

SORO NC will hold two orientation sessions for people interested in running for a seat: 4pm on Sunday, March 6 at the Relational Center, and 7pm on Wednesday, March 30 at the Robertson Rec Center. Each session will cover the NC's role and what is involved in serving on the Board.

Meet the Candidates forum

Shortly before the election, all candidates are invited to participate in a public Meet the Candidates forum at 6pm on Thursday, May 19, held before our regular General Board meeting.