NEWS RELEASE:                                                                   ED SMITH TO SEEK RE-ELECTION TO MONTEREY CITY COUNCIL (For release June 27, 2018.                            For further information, please contact Ed Smith at 831-601-5013.)                                                                                    Ed Smith, an incumbent member of the Monterey City Council, today announced his candidacy for a second four-year term in the November 6 election.      “My priorities will continue to be a Monterey that is clean, safe and fiscally well run with a focus on quality of life issues,” said Smith, who was first elected in 2014.      “I pledge to carry on with providing leadership, comprehensively viewing issues and maintaining a common-sense approach while always listening to our residents to ensure that all receive the services they expect and richly deserve,” he said.                                      Smith was raised on the Monterey Peninsula and he and his wife, Sharron, have lived in the same home for 36 years. He stated that he will press on “with a balanced approach to the needs of our beautiful city.  Our residents are entitled to a well-run city government with great parks, a sports center, recreational and youth activities and a professional public safety staff.”      He pointed out that when he was first elected four years ago he told a reporter, “I feel as though I’m the community’s guest, and I’m honored. “Today, I still feel the same way.  I am privileged to serve our community in this important time. My last three-plus years as a member of the Monterey City Council have brought challenges. But they have also created opportunities, and I have deeply involved myself in each and every one of them to make decisions that are both unbiased and sound policy.”                                                                    Smith said that he is proud to be part of a city council that is “balanced and hard-working and with members who are prepared to face all challenges head-on, including street improvements, under-funded State mandates and employee retirement costs, and challenges to our tranquil neighborhoods. I will continue to represent the entire city with my time, efforts and dedication while remaining an engaged representative and respectful in service to Monterey.”         Committees that Smith serves on for the City of Monterey include the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), the Monterey County Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Old Monterey Business Association. He also serves on a statewide Public Safety Committee and is the President of the Cannery Row Rotary.                                                                   He retired from the Monterey Police as a Lieutenant and spent 26 years on the department with 34-years in public service.  He is involved in organizational management and leadership training.                                     The Smiths celebrated 45 years of marriage last week and have two grown children.  Smith holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a California Teaching Credential.

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Preserving our City's quality

The Election is November 6th, 2018 for the Monterey City Council.

Here are a few of the issues and challenges ahead:

  1. Water - Taking action for long-term solutions and protecting the ratepayer!
  2. Renovate - Revitalizing our town and finish the Conference Center major remodeling on time and under budget.
  3. Responsiveness - Improving City Hall Customer Services and refining business practices for efficient and timely action.
  4. Crime and Graffiti - Creating a safe environment and paying close attention to the tagging issues in our community.
  5. Quality of Life - Maintaining a quality of life and keeping a small-town feel. 

As I watch the current issues emerging in Monterey, I see much hard work ahead. I know from speaking with many of you, as well as friends, neighbors and family, there are concerns about some of the directions the current Council is taking. People are concerned and want things done, faster, but they do not want proposed changes to negatively impact our quality of life and community. 


City leaders do not always make the best and most informed decisions, nor do they do so with the entire community in mind. Leadership is needed now more than ever. We need to pay attention to all neighborhoods,  residents and businesses. Our community expects and deserve high levels of service from their employees and elected officials. My promise is to be a tireless community representative and a council member that is approachable, engaged and effective!


Bold leadership requires an unwavering belief in a core set of service values. 

I believe in:

  • Being fiscally conservative.
  • Making decisions for long term results.
  • Leadership and that decisions must be efficient and timely
  • City services being effective and not wasteful
  • City expenditures being purposeful and benefitting the whole community
  • Listening to all in our community and finding the best solutions.
  • Getting tasks done faster and finishing things correctly without delay.
  • A positive attitude to accomplish the best possible relationships and working conditions for people in Monterey.
  • Telling the truth and speaking frankly, even in disagreements people just want to know where you stand.


We have challenges ahead in Monterey and our financial stability and path to economic recovery is instrumental to why I am running. We must be exceptional and we must be the leaders among cities in California when it comes to how we get things done.


I am always happy to speak with community and business members and I look forward to your call. If you have any questions regarding my campaign or a specific issue, feel free to Contact me or call (831) 601-5013.

Ed Smith-Incumbent 

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NOVEMBER 6, 2018


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