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Interested in Running for Mayor/Council?

Serving your community is always a rewarding experience. 

This page has been prepared to assist individuals who may be interested in running for elected office in the City of Seaside. This page is intended as a useful tool for understanding important aspects about the election process, official forms, and campaign deadlines. This information is for general reference only

City of Seaside elections are held on dates that coincide with the general election, the second Tuesday in November, of even years. The City of Seaside follows all state regulations that govern elections at the state and local level. 

The election campaign process officially begins with the Candidate Nomination period beginning July 16th concluding on August 15th. 

During this time, you will be required to gather nomination signatures from registered voters who "nominate" you to the elected office of your choice. Upon completion of the nomination, you will submit a series of papers, including your Candidate Intention Statement, Your Ballot Designation and a series of procedural forms that will be made available closer to the election day. 

But I want to declare my candidacy now. Can I do that?

Until July 16th, there is nothing that you can do officially to officially become a candidate. That does not mean that you cannot tell members of the public your intentions or begin to collect campaign contributions. 

Before you collect any contributions, you MUST file a FPPC Form 501 with the City Clerk. 

Check out the FPPC section below for information about campaign finance disclosure and filing requirements or visit www.fppc.ca.gov

Valuable CAMPAIGN resources  

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The last day to register to vote to be eligible to vote in the November 6, 2018 election is October 7, 2018. 

If you are not already registered to vote: 
Register Here: California Secretary of State's website 

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Salinas, CA 93901 Fax: (831) 755-5485
(Nob Hill Foods Shopping Center; Corner of Blanco & South Main)
Website: www.montereycountyelections.us


Semi Annual Campaign Statements 460

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What is the Fair Political Practices Commission?

The Fair Political Practices Commission is a five-member independent, non-partisan commission that has primary responsibility for the impartial and effective administration of the Political Reform Act.

The Act regulates campaign financing, conflicts of interest, lobbying, and governmental ethics. The Commission’s objectives are to ensure that public officials act in a fair and unbiased manner in the governmental decision-making process, to promote transparency in government, and to foster public trust in the political system.

Quesitons about Campaign Finance statements you are required to file for the CIty of Seaside Elections?

TOLL FREE: (866) 275-3772 OR (916) 322-5662

Monday – Friday 9AM-11:30 and 1:30-3:30

• Campaign Disclosure
• State Contribution Limits
• Conflict of Interest Disclosure
• Filing of Forms 410, 501, 460 etc.

LEGAL DIVISION (916) 322-5901
Monday – Friday 9AM - NOON
Conflict of Interest Disqualification Proper Use of Campaign Funds

(916) 322-5660 or (866) 275-3772
To file a complaint Under the Political Reform Act

June 6, 2017 Special Election

June 6, 2017 Special Election

The City Council unanimously placed two ballot measures, Measures L & G on the June 6th, 2017 Election Ballot. Both measures were approved with more than 50% vote success and have been fully enacted.

Measures L & G will provide locally controlled fuding sources to address community priorities identified by the public such as: 
  • Fiscal Stability
  • Public Safety
  • Street mainteannce and paving
  • Youth violence prevention programs
  • water cleanlines

Measure L: Seaside Vital City Services Measure

Measure G: Marijuana Business Tax