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. 

View a list of prospective candidates Nomination Updates - 11-5-24 Election

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 will open on Monday, July 15,  and close on Friday, August 9, 2024 at 5 p.m.  If an incumbent who is eligible to run does not file, the deadline will be extended for non-incumbents to Wednesday, August 14, 2024, at 5 p.m.

The candidate packet to run for office in 2024 will become available in July 2024 and can be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk with a scheduled appointment. The candidate packet will include, but not be limited to the following material, which will be filed by candidates during the nomination period:

Nomination Paper

Each candidate is required to receive not less than twenty (20) and no more than thirty (30) valid signatures. Signers must be registered voters of Carmel-by-the-Sea.  If the signer is ineligible, the signature will not be counted.  Signers must sign and print their name and physical address clearly (no P.O. boxes or “ditto” marks).  If the nomination paper is found to be insufficient, a supplemental paper may be issued to the candidate and shall be filed by the above deadline date.

Declaration of Candidacy and Oath of Allegiance

The Declaration of Candidacy is official document in which the candidate indicates how his or her name and ballot designation is to appear on the ballot and declares if elected, will accept the nomination. It is to be completed and filed at the time all other nomination papers are filed. 

Ballot Designation Worksheet

The ballot designation describes the current profession, vocation, occupation, or incumbency status of the candidate that will appear on the ballot under the candidate’s name.

Ballot designations:

  • Can be no more than three words
  • Must appear on the Declaration of Candidacy Form
  • Becomes public record once the information is filed on the Declaration of Candidacy; ballot designations cannot be changed after the final date to file nomination documents.

Candidate Statement with Payment (Optional)

Candidates may prepare a 200-word Candidate Statement to be printed and mailed to voters in the Official Sample Ballot Booklet. Content of the statement shall be limited to a discussion of the name, age, occupation, education and qualifications of the candidate. Candidate Statements will be translated into Spanish as required by the County of Monterey. The cost for the Candidate Statement of Qualifications will be provided with the nomination packet and is the responsibility of the candidate. A printed copy and electronic copy of the statement are due at the time of filing nomination papers and may be withdrawn but not changed once filed.

Code of Fair Campaign Practices Form (Optional)

At the time an individual is issued his or her nomination paper, the elections official shall give the individual a blank form of the Code of Fair Campaign Practices and a copy of Government Code Section 20440-20444. The elections official shall inform each candidate for public office that subscription to the code is voluntary.

Form 700 Statement of Economic Interest

Form 700 must be completed by all candidates and filed with the nomination papers by the filing deadline. The completed Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests is then forwarded to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) in Sacramento, is available for public inspection and is subject to audit by the FPPC.  The form discloses certain financial interests including investments, interests in real property, income and gifts.  Information related to filing Form 700, as well as an electronic version of the form can be found at the Fair Political Practices Commission website.

Form 501 Candidate Intention Statement

A candidate for local office must file this form prior to solicitation or receipt of any contribution or expenditure of any personal funds used for the election.  This original signed form is filed with the City. This form is due at the time of filing your nomination papers, or may be filed earlier if necessary.

Campaign Disclosure Forms

The Political Reform Act requires candidates and committees to file other 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.

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