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. 

Nomination papers for the seats available is July 18 - August 12, 2022 by 5pm. If incumbents do not file papers by this deadline, the deadline for non-incumbents running for those seats will be extended to 5pm on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.




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. Election Resources
  5. Campaign Finances & The FPPC
  6. 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. 

Political signs

Signs are allowed no more than sixty (60) days prior to the Election: September 9, 2022.

Removal of signs within ten (10) days after Election: November 18, 2022

Political signs are allowed in compliance with the following requirements:

SEASIDE MUNICIPAL CODE 17.40.040.D.2 Political Signs. 

  1. Before the placement of a political sign, the agent/candidate shall post with the City Clerk a plan for the removal of all signs placed in commercial and industrial zones and removal of all signs placed by the candidate or the agent in residential zones. In the event that the signs are not removed in compliance with the plan for removal, the City shall provide notice and summary abatement. The removal plan shall also apply to signs located at campaign or party headquarters.
  2. No political signs shall be erected prior to sixty-day period immediately preceding any election.
  3. In commercial and industrial zones, each political sign and the total political signs on a parcel shall not exceed 32 square feet in area.
  4. In residential zones, no political sign shall exceed six square feet in area, and must have consent of the property owner.
  5. Signs must not violate the state laws as to Form and Content.
  6. No political sign shall be located within a public right-of-way.
  7. All political signs shall be removed within 10 days after the election to which the signs pertain.

Click here for the required sign permit that must be completed prior to installing election Signs for ANY CAMPAIGN in Seaside.

Campaign Signs Complaints

Every campaign season, complaints are made about the placement of campaign signs on private property.

Contact Code Enforcement:

Phone: (831) 899-6729

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

Election Resources