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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Del Rey OaksCandidate for Mayor

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Jerry B. Edelen

348 votes (41.83%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase revenues for my city
  • Bring affordable water to the Monterey Peninsula
  • Develop our Fort Ord Property sustainably



Profession:Retired Army Officer, Educator, and Business Owner
Mayor, City of Del Rey Oaks (1998–current)
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary — Elected position (2009–current)


Long Island University MBA, Business (1980)
Stanford University MA, Education (1978)
West Point Bachelor of Science, Engineering (1971)

Community Activities

Division Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (2009–current)


Elected to his third term as Mayor in 2016, Mayor Edelen has lived in Del Rey Oaks since 1957. Mayor Edelen is an active member of the Del Rey Oaks Citizens' Action Group and served on the Del Rey Oaks Planning Commission for one year, prior to being appointed to the City Council in 1998. Mayor Edelen has served as both Chair and is currently a Director of the Fort Ord Reuse Authority and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County; and is currently the Treasurer of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority; and a Director of the Seaside Basin Watermaster. He was recently appointed as the Monterey County Representative to the California Association of Councils of Governments. Mayor Edelen graduated from Monterey High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Master's degree in Education from Stanford University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Long Island University. Upon retirement from the U.S. Army in 1992 as an Airborne Ranger Lieutenant Colonel, he was awarded the Legion of Merit. In 1995, he returned to Del Rey Oaks from working in the Middle East with his wife, Gloria, and two sons. Mayor Edelen is the former Campus Director of Chapman University College/ Brandman University in Monterey; and Managing Member of Lonrey Enterprises, L.L.C. He currently serves as the Division Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 6th Division, and as the Public Affairs Officer of the Coast Guard Auxiliary District covering Northern California, Nevada and Utah.

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Featured Endorsements

  • All Members of the Del Rey Oaks City Council

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Work as hard as I can to support my city and my community.  Focus on local issues and not National Issues.  As Mayor, I set the agenda for each City Council Meeting.  I refuse to agendize any "hot button" National Issues, either left or right.  As a result my City Council, Democrats and Republicans work together harmoniously to make our city the best in the County.

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