At a Glance

  • Raised in Lake Elsinore
  • Studied Business Economics at UCLA
  • Started first business at age 19
  • Small business owner
  • Married for 20 years
  • Four children
  • Elected to City Council in  Dec 2012


  • Charitable contributor
  • Regional appointee
  • Decorated elected official
  • Experience fighting Sacramento
  • Lowered taxes
  • Paved roads
  • Never voted for a tax increase
For the past seven years Steve Manos has served as Mayor and Councilman for the City of Lake Elsinore.

Steve was raised in Lake Elsinore where he spent his formative years. He’s a small business owner that has served Lake Elsinore and as a regional representative for Western Riverside County for more than two decades. He is currently serving his second term of office on the Lake Elsinore City Council, and was appointed to lead the City as Mayor in 2015 and 2019.

Steve holds other offices as an appointed representative for numerous regional organizations, chosen by area elected officials to serve Riverside County. He currently represents the cities of Corona, Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, and Wildomar on the Southern California Association of Governments. He also represents all California cities as a member of the League of California Cities governing board.


During his two terms Steve has been proud to improve public safety by voting to staff and re-open the Rosetta Canyon Fire Station and by adding police officers to the City’s police force.

He served on several key city committees that have promoted city beautification, arts and culture, and youth engagement. His efforts have led to the creation of four dog parks, replaced playground equipment, a new splash pad open to the public, the full build out of Rosetta Canyon Sports Park, two brand new skate parks, a rebuilt McVicker Canyon skate park, and fully renovated, state of the art campground.

His work with the council has reduced homelessness in Lake Elsinore to it’s lowest level in recorded history and cleaned up public parks and beaches. He spearheaded a program that helped cure blight in our neighborhoods.
March 21, 2019 – Emergency Press Conference

Passionate Leader

Steve has demonstrated a great mind for economic development, job creation, and planning. As a local elected leader he has actively recruited new businesses to the area – hundreds of new businesses have opened in Lake Elsinore since 2012 bringing over nine thousand new jobs, according to outside, independent analysis. Unemployment dropped from 12.9% in 2012 to 3.0% in 2020. He has been a relentless, unapologetic ambassador for the city.

Prior to taking elected office Steve took pleasure in being a devoted volunteer and charitable contributor having served at the local school district, his church, and community. He was a founding member of Lake Elsinore’s major disaster Citizen Emergency Response Team.

Raised in Lake Elsinore since 1987, Steve has been a Southwest Riverside County resident for over three decades. He has been happily and continuously married to his wife, Veronica since 1999.  Veronica is a cancer survivor. They are raising four wonderful children who are following in their footsteps.

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