Hats in the Ring for Carmel Mayoral Race
October 28, 2011
Fully two months before the filing period even opens for Carmel's April 2012 city council election, the field for the mayoral race is getting crowded. Council member Jason Burnett, whose four-year term doesn't end until 2014, filed preliminary documents Oct. 21 with city hall that will allow him to begin fundraising for a campaign for mayor.
When her sixth term ends in April, Mayor Sue McCloud plans to retire after 12 years on the job.
That leaves an opening three candidates are already vying for, with fully six months to go before the election. Restaurateur Rich Pepe plans to run, though he's still looking for a Carmel-by-the-Sea residency to qualify (he currently lives in Pebble Beach.)
"I would hope to bring in a businessman’s perspective to local government," Pepe says. "A town is really a business." Pepe says that he's not been actively involved in Carmel politics, but has begun attending more public meetings since deciding to enter the mayoral race.
Realtor Adam Moniz, who narrowly lost a 2010 bid against McCloud, intends to run again, though he's waiting for the filing period to open Dec. 19 before making it official. "I think of what you’re seeing now as shock and awe campaigns by two candidates," he says. "I think it's very inappropriate for small-town politics. I am committed to staying true to Carmel’s traditional election cycles, and look forward to an announcement in late December or early January."
Burnett says he'll wait until 2012 to begin campaigning in earnest, to avoid dragging out the race, but by filing a statement of intent last week he's able to begin preliminary campaign fundraising.
As to what's next for McCloud, "I can’t imagine I’ll sit down on a chaise lounge and pop bon-bons and read novels," she says. "I need to get my house back in order—a new roof, and get it painted."
Council members Karen Sharp and Ken Talmage are also up for reelection in April.
Let the races begin.