What Actor Was Once the Mayor of Carmel, California?

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Clint Eastwood

Carmel, AKA Carmel-by-the-Sea, is a city in Monterey County, California. It was founded in 1902. And in 1986, Clint Eastwood ran and won for mayor of of the city.

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Go ahead. Make my day.

Why did Eastwood run for mayor?

A resident of Carmel, Eastwood was eager to see some changes made. And since change wasn’t happening, he decided to do it himself. From ClintEastwood.net:

The reason Clint entered the political arena in the first place was that he believed he was being disrespectfully treated by the little city’s administration, and he was upset about it. Hassled with rules, regulations, and taxes regarding building permits and zoning laws, and tired of getting the runaround and going through endless miles of red tape with the city, Clint decided to fight back.

When Eastwood ran, voter turnout was doubled and he won by  72.5 %. He opened a library, remodeled The Mission Ranch, had a parking lot for tourists built, and made it easier to build or renovate property. One other thing he fought back against? Carmel’s oppressive “no selling or eating ice cream on public streets” law.

He was mayor for 1 term and yet managed to make 2 films during his run in office.

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