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Potter re-elected; Richards, Ferlito on council

Carmel Pine Cone

November 5, 2020

Incumbent Mayor Dave Potter won in a decisive victory over challenger Judy Refuerzo in the Nov. 3 election, while incumbent councilman Bobby Richards and newcomer Karen Ferlito beat challengers Graeme Robertson and Mo Massoudi.

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Central Coast 2020 general election results

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November 4, 2020

Central Coast 2020 general elections results

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Carmel mayor wins handily, two council seats filled

The Monterey Herald

November 4, 2020

CARMEL — Carmel Mayor Dave Potter breezed to reelection by a huge margin while an incumbent and long-time volunteer won election to the town’s city council.

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Potter keeps his mayor's job in Carmel; Ferlito and Richards lead in council race.

Monterey County Weekly

November 3, 2020

Carmel Mayor Dave Potter got his wish on his birthday, Nov. 3. He came in first place over challenger Judy Refuerzo, with an enormous lead of 1,236 votes, or 74 percent, to Refuerzo's 433 votes at just under 26 percent.

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Carmel Mayor Dave Potter faces challenge from local yoga teacher Judy Refuerzo

KSBW

October 19, 2020

Carmel Mayor Dave Potter has a challenger this election in former tech worker turned yoga teacher Judy Refuerzo.

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CRA candidate forum focuses on beach fires, village character, public safety, affordable housing

The Carmel Pine Cone

October 9, 2020

All but one candidate for city office gave Cal Am's proposed desal plant a thumbs down at a voter forum held by the Carmel Residents Association Oct. 1, and only the incumbents believe the issue of short-term rentals in the business district has been resolved.

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Monterey County Weekly Endorsement

Monterey County Weekly

October 7, 2020

In a city dependent on tourism, a pandemic could easily be the deadly fever that wipes out any reserves.  Carmel's 2020-21 adopted budget looked grim: transient occupancy tax revenue was expected to be down 34 percent from what was originally budgeted (a loss of over $2 million) and sales and use tax revenue were projected to decline by 18 percent, or nearly $1 million, for this fiscal year.

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The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2020 Readers' Choice Awards

Conde Nast Traveller

October 6, 2020

Voted Number 3: Carmel-by-the-Sea - Imagine the craggy northern California coastline, and the first image that comes to mind may be the arched Bixby Creek Bridge, which connects Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur to the south. A drive along scenic Highway 1 is a must-do when visiting the area, as is putting your feet in the soft white sand of Carmel Beach.

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ELECTION 2020: Fire prevention, finances are top of Carmel candidates’ concerns

Monterey Herald

October 3, 2020

In addition to his current role as Carmel mayor, Potter is on the board of the League of California Cities, and the boards of the Transportation Agency of Monterey County, the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District and the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority, among others.

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City administrator reminds candidates about rules on campaign signs

The Carmel Pine Cone

October 2, 2020

With so many people running for city council and the school board, campaign signs are popping up all over town.

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First of two voter forums has candidates say what they would do for business

The Carmel Pine Cone

October 2, 2020

Fielding questions primarily focused on business, candidates for mayor and the city council tried to convince voters during a Carmel Chamber of Commerce forum Thursday night they deserve to be elected Nov. 3.

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Removal of dead trees critical to town's safety, candidates say

The Carmel Pine Cone

September 25, 2020

With the worst wildfires in state history causing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses and widespread destruction of natural resources, and displacing thousands of people - including hundreds of victims of recent fires in Upper Carmel Valley, the Salinas Valley and the South Coast - candidates for Carmel mayor and city council acknowledged this week that fire prevention and planning are vitally important.

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Chamber, CRA Candidate Forum

The Carmel Pine Cone

September 18, 2020

Like many other traditions, the decades-old practice of gathering in a large room to question candidates for elected office has been forced into a virtual realm, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mayoral, council candidates explain why voters should choose them

The Carmel Pine Cone

August 28, 2020

"Amid wildfires and a pandemic, the top priorities of those running for mayor and two city council seats are pretty clear, focusing on public safety and economic recovery, and while the incumbents argue their experience makes them better choices, candidates seeking their first terms point to their public participation in town and their fresh perspectives."

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Two Carmel City Council incumbents face challengers in the November election.

The Monterey Weekly

August 20, 2020

Potter says he’s worked collaboratively with businesses and residents for the last two years and wants to continue in that vein for another two years.

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City Lags Far Behind Other County Cities On U.S. Census Response

Carmel Pine Cone

August 17, 2020

People in Carmel-by-the-Sea are responding to the U.S. Census at a much lower rate than all other cities and most unincorporated areas in the county, an official said.

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Six qualify for Nov. 3 election for mayor, council

The Carmel Pine Cone

August 14, 2020

A HALF-DOZEN candidates will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot for mayor and two city council members. When the filing period closed Wednesday afternoon, incumbent Mayor Dave Potter and community activities commission- er Judy Refuerzo had qualified for the mayoral race.

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6 U.S. Cities That Are Full of European Charm

Conde Nast Traveler

July 14, 2020

With the coronavirus still impacting much of the world, there’s no doubt that this summer will be a very different one for most of us—especially Americans, who are largely banned from traveling to Europe right now. ​

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'Carmel Shell' mural unveiled to honor village's history as an artists' colony

Monterey County Weekly

June 9, 2020

Over 100 years ago, artists and other creatives were drawn to the tiny town of Carmel-by-the-Sea as a place of rest and inspiration. Back then it was word-of-mouth that spread the village's reputation far and wide.  

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Carmel, Monterey and Pacific Grove proclaim emergencies to protect citizens during COVID-19 outbreak

Monterey County Weekly

March 13, 2020

Less than an hour before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Carmel City Council voted 4-0 on March 13, to approve an emergency proclamation signed the day before by City Administrator Chip Rerig. 

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Monterey, Carmel sales tax measures pass

Monterey Herald

March 4, 2020

Voters in both Monterey and Carmel on election night delivered a resounding victory for those cities’ bottom lines by passing half-cent sales tax increases. Measure C in Carmel and Measure G in Monterey both passed by overwhelming margins. With all precincts reporting, Carmel’s Measure C passed 61% to 39% and Monterey’s Measure G passed 63% to 37%.

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Carmel asking voters to raise sales tax

Monterey Herald

February 6, 2020

Joining Monterey in asking voters to help close budget gaps by increasing sales tax, Carmel is putting its own measure on the March ballot. Measure C proposes to increase sales tax by 0.5 cents, bringing the total to 9.25%. Of that Carmel gets just 2%, or 2.5% if the measure passes. The state receives 6% of the total and Monterey County collects 0.75%.

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Treasured: Carmel Pine Cone Holiday Guide

Carmel Pine Cone

December 13, 2019

Every Christmas, throughout his life, Mayor Dave Potter received an illustrated book by his mother, Ruth, an artist, depicting some part of her life as she remembered it. The books recorded when she met Potter’s father during the World War II, when the newlyweds first took a trip to Europe after the war, the house she had later designed and built, and a lifetime of excursions. 

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One Day, One Place: Carmel-by-the-Sea

San Francisco Chronicle

July 17, 2019

Carmel is one square mile, and once you’ve arrived you can park your car and forget it. The easy-to-navigate town has long attracted artists and authors, and contrary to the ominous vibe infused in “Big Little Lies,” the village has a long history as a religious site and artists’ refuge. 

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The Most Beautiful Seaside Towns In America

Reader's Digest

May 21, 2019

Located on California's Central Coast, Carmel Beach is one of the most picturesque locales in the United States. Walk along the Scenic Bluff Path for views of the rugged coastline and soft white sands of Carmel Beach below. 

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OpenTable Ranks Carmel Among Most Romantic Cities

California City News

February 14, 2019

It’s Valentine’s Day, lovers. And whether you enjoy a big to-do or a low-key celebration, it always helps to know which cities offer the best in romantic fare.

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Carmel Votes for Change in its Government

Carmel Magazine

February 5, 2019

A nature abhors a vacuum, politics doesn’t tolerate scandal for long. After some contentious times, the voters of the City of Carmel spoke loud and clear last November 6, electing former 5th District Monterey County Supervisor Dave Potter to the position of mayor. He garnered 60percent of the 2,008 ballots cast.

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Dynamic Duo

65 Degrees Magazine

February 4, 2019

With the New Year comes new leadership for Carmel. Recently elected mayor Dave Potter and his wife, Janine, found time to chat with 65 Degrees about what they see for the village’s future.

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New Mayor of Carmel credits success to embracing the unexpected

Monterey Herald

January 30, 2019

Dave Potter says he has enjoyed a remarkable life, much of which he owes to accident and advantage. The new Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, who was sworn into service soon after he won the election last November, takes a moment to reflect on his life in the public sector.​

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Carmel Mayor Dave Potter appointed to Water Management District Board

Monterey County Weekly

January 8, 2019

With the recent passage of Measure J, the November ballot initiative that compels the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District to conduct a study as to whether buying out California American Water's local system is feasible, there has perhaps never been so much interest in who sits in the district's board

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Council pledges cooperation as Potter takes office

Carmel Pine Cone

November 30, 2018

In a city hall packed to overflowing, Dave Potter took the oath of office as the city’s new mayor Tuesday afternoon, promising to “fulfill the public’s expectations” and make sure

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Carmel's new mayor puts divisions aside at swearing in ceremony—for now

Monterey County Weekly

November 28, 2018

Everyone inside the Carmel Council Chambers on Tuesday, Nov. 27, played their proper roles as the city said goodbye to former mayor Steve Dallas and Councilmember Carolyn Hardy.

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Potter, Baron to be sworn in Tuesday

Carmel Pine Cone

November 26, 2018

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Carmel race for mayor tipping for Potter

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November 16, 2018

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Potter elected mayor by 2 to 1 margin; Baron and Theis for council

Carmel Pine Cone

November 9, 2018

Despite aggressive campaigning by Mayor Steve Dallas and his fellow incumbents, Carmel voters resoundingly chose Dave Potter as their new mayor and Jeff Baron as their new councilman Tuesday. Potter received almost 60 percent of the vote, and Dallas just 30 percent — practically shouted the electorate’s desire for change in city hall.

 

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Dave Potter ousts incumbent Carmel Mayor Steve Dallas, who is a no-show on election night

Monterey County Weekly

November 7, 2018

About 30 people gathered just after 8pm inside Carmel City Hall to watch election results, where the mood was jovial as the group chatted. When the first returns appeared on the overhead screen above the City Council dais, jaws dropped and the room fell practically silent....

 

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Three candidates vie for mayor’s position in Carmel-by-the-Sea

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November 3, 2018

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CAMPAIGN 2018: Carmel Mayoral race

KION 5/46

October 29, 2018

There are three distinct choices in Carmel this November - An embattled, but experienced incumbent (Mayor Steve Dallas), a political mainstay unseated in 2016 now looking to hop back in (Dave Potter), and an election and city newcomer (Gene Hughes)...

 

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The Weekly editorial board meets with dozens of candidates so you don’t have to

Monterey County Weekly

October 11, 2018

While “tribalism” is the word of the day in hyper-partisan Washington, D.C., dozens of local candidates and ballot measures transcend party. These candidates, and authors of measures, are your neighbors. The votes you cast in local (nonpartisan) races stand to make a profound and immediate effect on your neighborhood...

 

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Monterey County Hospitality Association List of Endorsed Candidates

MCHA

October 10, 2018

As the trade association for the hospitality industry in Monterey County, MCHA believes it is important that we are actively involved in elections and support those candidates, propositions and measures that will have a significant effect on our industry and community. Elected officials shape local policy and adopt regulations which in turn impact, positively or negatively, our businesses, the community and residents. Tax measures impact the cost of doing business.

 

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Monterey Peninsula Chamber Announced Candidate Endorsements for the November Elections

Monterey Peninsula Chamber

October 10, 2018

Dave Potter, a former Monterey County Supervisor, will be an asset to the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea with his significant public policy experience at the county and city levels of government, bi-partisan endorsement and a consistent record of support for small businesses.

 

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Candidates weigh in on spending

Carmel Pine Cone

September 27, 2018

The City of Carmel’s budget this year is $25.5 million — much of which goes to salaries, pensions and other benefits for employees, but which also includes sizable amounts for capital projects, legal spending and payments toward debt. Every year, when the budget is adopted, the city council has to decide what items should be increased, and which ones can be cut.

 

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Mayoral, council candidate identify pressing issues

Carmel Pine Cone

August 31, 2018

Is the single greatest challenge facing the city ensuring solid revenues? A lack of transparency and public trust? Retirement debt? Lack of long-term planning? Or is it development? Three candidates for mayor and three vying for two city council seats in November...

 

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Mayoral, city council candidates disclose investments, gifts

Carmel Pine Cone

August 24, 2018

The half-dozen residents vying for mayor and city council in November all have some potential conflicts of interest, according to forms they had to file to run for office

 

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Carmel named California's 'Prettiest Town' by Architectural Digest

KSBW

August 6, 2018

Carmel's cottages recently caught the eye of international design magazine Architectural Digest, who dubbed the city California's "prettiest town." The cottages are cute, sure, but they're also rich in history

 

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Donors start to line up as city election season gets underway

Carmel Pine Cone

August 3, 2018

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Two Monterey Peninsula cities may change how they’re governed

Monterey County Weekly

July 19, 2018

Simultaneously, in nearby Pacific Grove – which also elects its mayor like every other Monterey County city except for King City, which uses a rotation system...

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Former Monterey County Supervisor Dave Potter to run for Carmel mayor

Monterey Herald

June 1, 2018

Well-known former Monterey County Supervisor Dave Potter is giving elected office another go, this time in the considerably cozier confines of Carmel.

 

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Dave Potter running for Carmel Mayor

KSBW

May 31, 2018

The former Monterey County supervisor will run against current mayor Steve Dallas.

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Former county supervisor Dave Potter is running for Carmel mayor

Monterey County Weekly

May 31, 2018

Dave Potter, a former Monterey County supervisor who lost in his bid for re-election in 2016, is getting back into politics. 

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