As the Elections Official, the City Clerk administers Federal, State, and Local procedures through which local government representatives are selected. 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 final campaign disclosure documents, the City Clerk manages the process which forms the foundation of our democratic system of government. This page includes general information regarding local elections and should not be construed as legal advice.
You may also visit the Monterey County Elections Department for general local elections information. Voter registration forms are available in the Office of the City Clerk, or by calling the Monterey County Registrar of Voters at 831.796.1499.
The Fair Political Practices Comm. (FPPC) will provide information about campaign financing and spending, financial conflicts of interest, lobbyist registration and reporting for public officials, candidates, committee’s and post-governmental employees.
Please visit the California Elections and Voter Information website for more information on Ballot Measures, Voter Registration, Elections Laws, and many other elections/voter resources.
Interested in Running for Office?
Want to serve your community? This page has been prepared to assist and the information provided is for general reference only.
The election campaign process officially begins with the Candidate Nomination period.
During this time, you will be required to gather nomination signatures from registered voters who "nominate" you to the elected office of your choice. Upon completion of the nomination, you will submit a series of papers, including your Candidate Intention Statement, Your Ballot Designation and a series of other procedural forms.
Until July 16th, there is nothing that you can do officially to officially become a candidate, however, that does not mean that you cannot tell members of the public your intentions or begin to collect campaign contributions. Before you collect any contributions, you MUST file a FPPC Form 501 with the City Clerk.
The FPPC has issued a Fast Facts Getting Started sheet of information for candidates spending $2,000 or more. Please see the form here.
Candidates interested in running for local office in Pacific Grove, can find information in the FPPC's Manual 2 (for Local Candidates, Superior Court Judges, their Controlled Committees, and Primarily Formed Committees for Local Candidates). The FPPC Filing Schedule provides important dates for candidates and committees. For more information on these documents, you may contact FPPC directly at E-Mail Advice firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-ASK-FPPC. Important dates to note.
As the City of Pacific Grove consolidates its elections with the Monterey County Elections Office, it follows the schedule outlined by the Registrar of Voters. For more information, please see their website at http://www.montereycountyelections.us/Calendar20181106.html
The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) requires each agency to post a Form 806 which reports additional compensation that officials receive when appointing themselves to positions on committees, boards or commissions of an intergovernmental public agency, special district, and joint power agency/authorities. Each agency must post a Form 806 listing all paid appointed positions including the date appointed, length of term and stipend amount received. (CA FPPC Reg. §18705.5)
For additional information on Form 806 please visit the FPPC website and read the Form 806 Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions.
The Form 806 will be amended when: 1) the number of scheduled meetings has changed; 2) there is a change in the compensation paid to the members; or 3) when the City Council makes a new appointment.
The Fair Policital Practices Commission requires each agency to post a list of Section 87505 filers that are forwarded to the FPPC.
Questions may be directed to:
City Clerk's Office
300 Forest Ave
Pacific Grove, CA, 93950
Phone: (831) 648-3181 Fax: (831) 657-9361