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City of Pacific GroveCandidate for City Council

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Nick Smith

3,345 votes (18.82%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Financial sustainability: balance the budget, find creative and workable revenue sources, and support economic vitality and revitalization.
  • City infrastructure: support street and sidewalk maintenance, improved storm water management and being a partner in creating a sustainable water source for our community needs.
  • Environment and heritage: protect our coastline, preserve the character of our neighborhoods, and celebrate traditional events.



Attorney, Lozano Smith (2015–current)
Planning Commissioner, City of Pacific Grove — Appointed position (2014–current)
Attorney, Kennedy, Archer & Giffen (2013–2015)
Deputy District Attorney, Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office (2006–2013)


University of California, Hastings College of the Law Juris Doctor, Law (2005)
University of California, Santa Barbara Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (2002)

Community Activities

Board Member, Monterey County Bar Association (2014–current)


Born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley, Nick developed a passion for public service and government early in life. At age 18, Nick moved to the Central Coast to attend the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned a B.A., with honors, in Political Science. After earning his law degree at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Nick served for seven years as a Deputy District Attorney in Santa Barbara County. As a prosecutor, he handled a variety of criminal matters, including domestic violence, sexual assault, theft and narcotics related crimes. Nick’s significant experience as a prosecutor provides him a unique ability to determine what is a just result for a given situation. 

For the past three years, Nick has practiced civil litigation, helping local businesses and public entities on the Monterey Peninsula resolve conflicts and solve problems. Nick has successfully defended numerous lawsuits brought against both local businesses and public entities, including cities. He is currently an attorney with Lozano Smith, LLP in Monterey, a leading California public agency law firm. Nick's current practice in public agency law applies directly to service in local government and he intends to use his expertise in this area to help the City achieve its goals.

Nick moved to Pacific Grove in 2013 with his wife, Allison, who was raised on the Peninsula and attended Pacific Grove schools. They have three young daughters and are actively involved in the City's schools, programs, and special events. Nick was appointed by the City Council to the Planning Commission in 2014.

As a Planning Commissioner for the past two years, Nick has worked with his fellow commissioners to develop Pacific Grove’s planning and land use policy during a very active and complex period of long-range planning and zoning. Nick values greatly his time on the Planning Commission, which has provided excellent experience for the position he seeks on the City Council. Nick has always been a skilled problem-solver, communicator, and consensus-builder, able to work with others with varying perspectives to achieve goals. On the Planning Commission, Nick has used his legal training and problem-solving approach to address complex issues.

In addition to serving on the Planning Commission, Nick serves on the Board of Directors of the Monterey County Bar Association. He is a former Treasurer of that organization.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Monterey County Democratic Party
  • Monterey County Association of Realtors
  • Monterey Bay Action Committee - Candidates

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Nick's Approach: 

  • Consensus building: an approach that brings people together to reach common goals for the City — one that Nick has employed for decades.

  • Problem solving: using his legal training, experience and skill to bring dynamic solutions to challenges facing the community.

  • Listening and engagement: enhancing opportunities for our talented community members to contribute ideas to benefit the City.

  • Judgment and character: interpreting information effectively to make sound decisions — knowing what to do in the clutch.

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