Next City Election:
The next election to be held in the City of Seaside will be the November 2018 General Election.
Interested in running for Mayor/Council?
This handbook has been prepared to assist candidates in preparing for the City of Seaside General Municipal Election to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. This thorough guide is intended as a useful tool for understanding important nomination papers, official forms, and campaign deadlines.
Please take the time to review the information which will help answer many questions you may have regarding the rules and guidelines for running for public office.
This handbook should be used as a general reference only, in addition to other references that may be used by you or your campaign. This guide does not have the force and effect of law, regulation, or rule; in the case of conflict, the law, regulation, or rule will apply. Any questions you may have may be directed to me, the Elections Official, however I am precluded by law from providing legal advice. Legal questions should be directed to private legal counsel.
Other valuable resources available for you and your campaign are: the Seaside Municipal Code (http://www.codepublishing.com/CA/Seaside/) which describes local rules affecting local candidate activities; various state regulations that govern elections at the state and local level (www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html); and finally 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.
I do highly encourage you to FILE EARLY. Deadlines are rigid and must be adhered to as waiting until the last moment to complete and file documents may jeopardize your right to have your name appear on the ballot.
City of Seaside Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, however I am not available at all times as I have other meetings and obligations. . I request that you make an appointment in order to obtain and file your paperwork.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE
"Unless otherwise specifically provided, no person is eligible to be elected or appointed to an elective office unless that person is a registered voter and otherwise qualified to vote for that office at the time that nomination papers are issued to the person or at the time of the person’s appointment." (Elections Code Section 201)
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)
The Declaration of Candidacy, which each candidate must file, states that if elected the candidate will qualify for and accept the office. The affidavit also states that the candidate will not withdraw before the election. (Elections Code Section 8028, 8040, 10510, 10511)
OFFICES TO BE VOTED ON FOR SEASIDE’S GENERAL ELECTION
November 8, 2016 MAYOR
COUNCIL (2 SEATS)
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
VOTE OR REGISTER TO VOTE
The last day to register to vote to be eligible to vote in the June 6, 2017 election is May 22, 2017.
If you are not already registered to vote:
Register Here: California Secretary of State's website
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.
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)
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
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