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
Next City Election:
The next election to be held in the City of Seaside will be the November 6, 2018 General Election.
Qualifications to run for office
There are only two requirements to be elegible to run for office in the City of Seaside. You must:
- Be over 18 years of age
- Be a registered voter in the City of Seaside
A person is disqualified from holding an office upon conviction of designated crimes as specified in the Constitution and laws of the state. (Government Code Section 1021)
POSITIONS TO BE VOTED FOR NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
|November 6, 2018 |
|COUNCIL (2 SEATS) ||4-year terms ||November 2018-2022 |
Valuable CAMPAIGN resources
- The Seaside Municipal Code (http://www.codepublishing.com/CA/Seaside/) which describes local rules affecting local candidate activities;
- State regulations that govern elections at the state and local level
- The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) who provides "Manual 2" for Local Candidates describes in detail many of the financial disclosure and filing requirements. You may contact the FPPC at (866) 275-3772 or www.fppc.ca.gov.
VOTE OR REGISTER TO VOTE
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
MONTEREY COUNTY REGISTRAR OF VOTERS ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT
1370 B South Main St. Phone: (831) 796-1499
Salinas, CA 93901 Fax: (831) 755-5485
(Nob Hill Foods Shopping Center; Corner of Blanco & South Main)
OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION
Please feel free to contact the City Clerk's Office at 831-899-6707 for more information on General Municipal Elections or Voter Registration.
City Clerk Election Responsibilities
The City Clerk is the Election Official for the City of Seaside and facilitates all Municipal Elections for the City. The City Clerk assists candidates in meeting their legal responsibilities before, during and after an election, from Election pre-planning to certification of election results and filing of all campaign disclosure documents. The City Clerk also assists with ballot initiatives, referendums and measures.
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?
CALIFORNIA FAIR POLITICAL PRACTICES COMMISSION
TOLL FREE: (866) 275-3772 OR (916) 322-5662
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE DIVISION
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