It’s Neighborhood Council Elections season, so we’re partnering with the LA City Clerk’s elections team and the IgniteLA women’s leadership program to offer free candidate workshops during the month of March at locations around the City! Neighborhood Council Elections or Outreach Committee members; current board members running for re-election; or those interested in joining their Council for the first time can all benefit from the material taught in these classes. Two different types of workshops are being offered; both are non-partisan.

At the City Clerk/EmpowerLA workshops, you’ll learn the basics of how to create your campaign; formulate your talking points and candidate messaging; and connect with voters. City Clerk will also walk you through their online candidate registration process, and you can even sign up to run right at the workshop.

Meanwhile, the IgniteLA workshops are more focused on the intersection of gender and political candidacy. While these workshops welcome everyone, they are designed to help women discover their leadership styles, practice strengths-based planning, and develop their public speaking and campaigning skills.

Below is the schedule of all upcoming Neighborhood Council candidate workshops that have been confirmed so far. More dates are being added, so please check back on this page for additional opportunities:

City Clerk/EmpowerLA Candidate Workshop
Saturday March 2, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Harbor City – Harbor Gateway Library
24000 S Western Ave, Harbor City, CA 90710


IgniteLA Candidate Workshop
Saturday March 2nd, 1 – 3 pm

San Pedro Municipal Building
638 S. Beacon Street, Room #452, San Pedro CA 90731


IgniteLA Candidate Workshop
Saturday March 9th, 1 – 3 pm
Vermont Square Branch Library
1201 W 48th St, Los Angeles, CA 90037


SHOW THE WAY, SOUTH LA: an Elections event for all Central/South LA Neighborhood Councils
Saturday March 9th, 10 am – 2 pm
LA Trade Technical College
Aspen Hall
2215 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015
free parking in 24th St parking structure (enter off 24th just east of Grand)

This rally-style elections gathering features booths from many of the Neighborhood Councils in Central and South LA, so you’ll have the opportunity to meet members of the Council you’re interested in joining and learn about their current projects and past achievements firsthand! You’ll also be able to attend a candidate workshop presented by City Clerk and EmpowerLA. Parking and breakfast are free for all who attend. Event schedule is as follows:

— Coffee, breakfast and networking with leaders from local Neighborhood Councils: 10 – 11 am
— City Clerk/EmpowerLA Candidate workshop: 11 am – 1 pm
— Individual help with your candidate registration or elections outreach questions: 1 – 2 pm

IgniteLA Candidate Workshop
Monday, March 11th, 7 – 9 pm
Los Angeles City Hall
200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles 90012
(enter via public entrance at 200 N Main Street and tell the Security desk that you’re attending a workshop in the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment’s office on the 20th floor)

City Clerk/EmpowerLA Candidate Workshop
Saturday March 16th, 10 am – 2 pm
IMAN Foundation Center
3376 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Learn more about Neighborhood Council Elections and how to vote or run for office at For questions about IgniteLA workshops, please email . For questions about the City Clerk/EmpowerLA workshops, please email We hope to see you at a workshop soon!