2024 General Municipal Election – November 5, 2024


The next General Municipal Election held in the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea will be on Tuesday, November 5, 2024, for the following officers:

  • One (1) Mayor – Full term of two (2) years
  • Two (2) City Councilmembers – Full term of four (4) years 

Resolution 2024-039 Calling for an Election, Nov. 5, 2024

Notice of Election - 2024

If you are interested in running for one of these seats on the City Council, please get in touch with the City Clerk at nromero@ci.carmel.ca.us.  An appointment is required to pull nomination papers as well as to file nomination papers. 

Running for Office in the November 5, 2024 Election


To be eligible to run for City Council, a candidate must be 18 years and older, a resident of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and registered to vote in Carmel-by-the-Sea at the time Nomination Papers are issued for candidacy. 

Nomination Period

The nomination period begins Monday, July 15th and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 9th. If an incumbent fails to file by the ends of the nomination period, then the nomination period will be extended until August 14th at 5:00 p.m. for non-incumbents only. This is the only period of time during which you can obtain and return “nomination papers”, which are the forms you need to submit in order to run for office. 

Nomination Papers

An appointment with the City Clerk is required to obtain nomination papers. Contact the City Clerk, Nova Romero, at nromero@ci.carmel.ca.us or call 831-620-2016 to schedule an appiontment. After scheduling the appointment, the City Clerk will ask for information in order to verify voter registration status.

The nomination appintment with the City Clerk takes about 1 hour, and official nomination papers will be issued to you in a nomination packet which consists of information related to running for office and the required forms.

Obtaining Signatures

To qualify as a candidate, potential candidates must obtain the signatures of at least 20, but no more than 30, registered voters in Carmel-by-the-Sea. There is a $25 filing fee that is due when the nomination packet is returned to the City Clerk. 

Candidate Statements

Candidates have the option to include a Candidate Statement of Qualifications in the voter information materials produced by the Monterey County Registrar of Voters. The cost for the Candidate Statement of Qualifications will be provided with the nomination packet and is the responsibility of the candidate.  

Campaign Disclosure Forms

The Political Reform Act requires candidates and committees to file campaign statements by specified deadlines disclosing contributions received and expenditures made. These documents are public and may be audited by the FPPC and FTB to ensure that voters are fully informed and improper practices are prohibited. It is the responsibility of candidates and committees to understand the rules regulating their campaigns in California.