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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of MontereyCandidate for City Council

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Ed Smith

City of Monterey Councilmember
4,648 votes (28.91%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Preserving our neighborhoods, security and safety with focus on quality of life for all.
  • Remaining fiscally balanced with our budgets and careful with taxpayers money; maintaining strong City services, including public safety, recreation, parks and youth services.
  • Continuing to repair City streets and addressing traffic congestion



Profession:Incumbent on City Council and part-time educator.
Co-Owner, On Base Leadership Training (2011–current)
City Council Member, City of Monterey — Elected position (2014–2018)


Golden Gate University Master of Public Administration, Urban, State and federal Governance (1983)

Community Activities

Past President, Cannery Row Rotary, Club of Monterey (2013–current)





Ed was born in Monterey and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, attending local schools, graduating from Pacific Grove High in 1971. He married his high school sweetheart Sharron, who graduated from Monterey High School.


After graduating from MPC in 1973, Ed and Sharron were married and went off to college. He graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in Criminal Justice in 1975. After several years, Ed returned to College, attending night school to work on his Master's Degree, graduating in 1983 from Golden Gate University with a Master’s of Public Administration in Federal, State & Urban Governance.


He and his wife have lived in Monterey since returning from college and raised two children living in the same home for over 36-years. Sharron and both of their children graduated from Monterey High School.


"We have always felt that we are fortunate to have been able to return back home after college and to raise our family in Monterey. We truly love our town."


Ed's adult children: Amy Baj (married to Chris) live in Florida where she is a Public Relations Director. Peter finished serving in the Ist. Division of United States Army and currently is a commercial electrican in Monterey. Ed and Sharron have three grandchildren; Liam Hunter Smith 9 yrs. old, Hadley Rose Baj 4 yrs. old and Stella Harper Baj 2 Yrs. old.


Ed established a track record with valuable experiences and expertise


As a Current Council Member Ed is involved in the following Committees:


Board member of Transportation Authority of Monterey County (TAMC)


Member of TAMC Executive Board, Member of TAMC Rail Policy Board


Board Member of Association of Monterey Bay Governments (AMBAG)


Board Member of Old Monterey Business Association


Past Member of National Marine Sanctuary Monterey Bay, Advisory Council


Alternate Board member to Fort Ord Re-Use Authority (FORA)


Alternate Board Member to Monterey Bay Community Power JPA


Education Committee for Monterey County Hospitality Association


Personal Involvement and Work Experience


Co-owner On Base Leadership; leadership consulting and training company


Owned and operated a retail business in Monterey, established in 1991 sold in 1998


Command level experience with a career spanning 34 years in Law Enforcement


Former Board Member of a Community Church and past board member of a private school


Experience on a City Joint Powers Agreement, Technical Advisory Committee member, local government services consulting, personnel/leadership work 


Project manager, construction & technology data systems, the last one being 2 mill. dollar project involving multi jurisdictions


Volunteer for AT&T, 1st Tee tournaments and Special Olympics events


Past President of the Cannery Row Rotary Club and graduate of Monterey Peninsula Leadership


Managed numerous special events: July 4th events, Monterey Fair, Auto Auction, Cherries Jubilee, First Night, Monterey Jazz Festival and Cannery Row Days, etc. 


Education / Training


Pacific Grove High School Graduate


Monterey Peninsula College A.S. Degree


California State University Sacramento, B.A. in Criminal Justice


Golden Gate University, MPA in Federal, State and Urban Governances


Police Academy, Supervisory and Management P.O.S.T Certificates


Life-Time Teaching Credential, State of California


Employment / Background & Timeline


Seaside Police Department, 4 Yrs- Officer; Academy Class President


Monterey Police Department, 26 Yrs- Officer; Field Training, Detective, Sgt. & Lieutenant. Served until 2006


Desert Hot Springs Police Department, 4 Yrs- Division Commander- Retired 2011


Former Instructor MPC Police Academy, Criminal Justice courses


Leadership/management; Instructor, State of California numerous agencies


Current trainer in leadership and organizational management




Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Former Monterey Mayor Dan Albert
  • Monterey Council Member Dan Albert Jr.
  • Chuck DellaSala, Former Monterey Mayor

Organizations (3)

  • Monterey Firefighters Local 3707
  • Monterey County Hospitality Association
  • Monterey County Association of Realtors

Individuals (3)

  • Chris Shake
  • Chris and Betty Arcoleo
  • Jon Hill, Trustee MPUSD Board

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


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 learning from others 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


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