At a Glance

  • Raised locally
  • 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 2012


  • Charitable contributor
  • Regional appointee
  • Decorated elected official
  • Experience in Sacramento
  • Track record of turning around a disadvantaged community
  • 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 the Western Riverside County region for more than two decades. Serving his second term of office on the Lake Elsinore City Council, he 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 regional 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.


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 initiatives have reduced homelessness and cleaned up public parks and beaches. He spearheaded programs 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. Unemployment dropped from 12.9% in 2012 to 3.5% 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 is a founding member of Lake Elsinore’s major disaster Citizen Emergency Response Team and a member of Rotary.

Raised in Lake Elsinore, 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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