1986: Clint Eastwood Was Elected Mayor Of Carmel, California

By Jacob Shelton
Clint Eastwood proudly holds up a t-shirt proclaiming him as the mayor of Carmel, California, during his acceptance speech on April 9, 1986. Source: Bettmann / Contributor via Getty Images

On April 8, 1986 Clint Eastwood became mayor of Carmel-By-The-Sea, California -- and the most famous local politician on the planet -- when he defeated incumbent Charlotte Townsend. This sleepy seaside town only had 4,500 residents and hardly any street signs. It was the perfect place for Eastwood, known for his Dirty Harry action movies and spaghetti westerns like The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, to call home. It was also a great place to begin and end his political career, which was small in scale to say the least. According to the star he never really wanted to be mayor but after he butted heads with the city council over building office buildings on some of his property he decided to take matters into his own hands and change the city for good.

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