My name is Judy Refuerzo, and I am running for mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea. As mayor, I would not identify as a politician but rather as a resident because Carmel is founded on being “primarily, essentially, and predominantly a residential city.” I care deeply about our little village in the forest by the sea, and I have been an active member of the community since moving here. I serve on boards and commissions, volunteer, and attend Carmel city council meetings. I have no outside business obligations that would prevent me from attending and presiding over city functions. I will also have an open-door policy so that every resident’s concerns can be addressed. These are unprecedented times, so the way we govern and approach issues needs to change. It is going to take a collaborative effort between the residents and the retail, restaurant, and hotel owners to help Carmel recover from the pandemic. This effort needs to be facilitated by a neutral party with the entire city’s best interest at heart. I am not affiliated with any businesses, and my management style has always been open, honest, and transparent. I am here for you. Vote Judy Refuerzo for mayor.