The next election in the City of Seaside will take place on November 8, 2022. 

The Municipal Elections are held in November of even numbered years in the City of Seaside. The elective officers of the City consist of a City Council made up of four Council Members and a directly elected Mayor, who are elected in a non-partisan election. All elected members serve at-large.

The Mayor is elected every two years, and the City Council members are elected to four-year overlapping terms. 



Incumbent: Ian Oglesby

2-year term

November 2022-2024


Incumbent: Jason Campbell

Incumbent: Jon Wizard

4-year term

November 2022-2026

  1. How To Run For Office
  2. Election Dates to Remember
  3. Qualifications
  4. Political Signs
  5. Election Resources
  6. Campaign Finances & The FPPC
  7. Compensation

How to run for office

Running for office can be as intense, or as easy as you make it. You chose the level of effort you want to put into it. 

There are two parts to running for office; one is required, one is voluntary. 

Nomination and Qualification

In order to have your name on the ballot for the November 8, 2022 election, you have to " register & qualify".  The registration and qualification period begins on July 18th, with the opening of the "nomination period" and closes on August 12th. If an incumbent, or the currently seated elected official, does not file for re-election, then the nomination period is extended for 5 more days. 

During this period you will be required to do the following: 

  • Obtain 20 signatures from Seaside registered voters "nominating" you for the position of either Mayor or Council Member
  • Submitting a 200 word candidate statement that will appear in the Voter Guide
  • Submit your Ballot Designation, or the three words you want to appear next to your name on the ballot
  • Sign a Code of Fair Campaign Practices
  • Take an Oath of Office
  • Acknowledge the city’s Political Sign regulations

Campaign Finances

Raising money for an election is entirely voluntary. We have had candidates who have been elected that raised no money for their campaign, we have also had candidates that have raised significant sums.  Campaign finances are governed by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) of the state of California. 

There are several forms that are necessary to keep track of campaign finances, but there are many, many, many pages of instructions to help you through the process. 

All funds that are raised for campaigns are public information. The public has the right to know who is contributing to an election campaign. All campaign reporting forms for local candidates are filed and made available for the public in the City Clerk’s office.  Read the section on Campaign Finances and the FPPC on this page for a detailed listing of the FPPC required forms. 

  1. Campaign Resources
  2. City Clerk Election Responsibilities
  3. What is the FPPC?

Election Resources