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City of Carmel-by-the-SeaCandidate for Mayor

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Dave Potter

Small Business Owner
1,207 votes (60.11%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure the fiscal responsibility of the City so that projects stay on budget, and so that services are more efficient and accessible.
  • Address traffic issues and improve public safety.
  • Preserve and protect the unique resources and heritage that make Carmel so special, and that protect the quality of life for our families while maintaining a vital business community.



Profession:Small Business Owner
Owner, Potter Construction (1974–current)
Supervisor, Monterey County Board of Supervisors — Elected position (1996–2016)
Commissioner, California Coastal Commission — Appointed position (1997–2009)
City Councilmember, Monterey City Council — Elected position (1992–1996)
Planning Commissioner, Monterey Planning Commission — Appointed position (1990–1992)
Committee Member, Monterey Architectural Review Committee — Appointed position (1986–1990)

Community Activities

Board Member, Carmel Chamber of Commerce (2017–current)


Originally from Hingham, Massachusetts, Dave Potter has been a resident of Monterey County since 1970, and is dedicated to actively serving the local community in many capacities. Dave began his public service in 1986 as a member of the City of Monterey’s Architectural Review Committee, as a Planning Commissioner and then on the Monterey City Council. 


From 1996 - 2016, Dave served on the  Monterey County Board of Supervisors in District Five, representing Carmel, Carmel Valley, Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble  Beach and parts of the Salinas Valley.  He served as Chair of the Board four times and participated on the Legislative Committee, Natividad Medical Center Joint Leadership Committee, Economic Development Committee, Capital Improvement Committee, and the Fort Ord Committee.


For 20 years, Dave served on the Natividad Medical Center Board of Trustees, the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, the Fort Ord Reuse Authority, and the Transportation Agency of Monterey County.  He was also an alternate to the Arts Council for Monterey County and the California State Association of Counties. 


Dave was the longest serving government appointee to the California Coastal Commission from 1997 to 2009, and as Commissioner participated in the certification of the Local Coastal Plan that allowed Carmel-by-the-Sea to issue its own Coastal Development Permits, as well as helping to ensure the successful renovation of the Sunset Center. Currently, Dave sits on the City of Carmel Chamber of Commerce Board, and as Chair of the Coast Rail Coordinating Council.


Dave owns Potter Construction and has expanded his business to include Potter Consulting.  He is married to Janine Potter and has two grown children, Tyler and Sarah.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Former Congressman Sam Farr
  • Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning
  • Former Carmel-by-the-Sea Mayors Charlotte Townsend, Ken White, Sue McCloud

Organizations (5)

  • Monterey County Weekly
  • Monterey County Hospitality Association
  • Monterey County Association of Realtors
  • Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
  • Monterey Bay Central Labor Council & United Public Employees of California, Local 792

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

It has been an honor serving my local community and I continue to be dedicated to public service.  I believe in a collaborative approach to governance, and that all politics is local.


I am committed to preserving our heritage, making services more efficient and accessible, protecting the quality of life forour families, addressing traffic, improving public safety, and ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency.


I have served my community with passion and integrity, and I would be honored to put my experience to work for you, as Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea.


I look forward to working together to move our village in a forward direction that preserves our unique resources and heritage for years to come. I ask for your vote on November 6th.

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