By Tommy Hough
As more of our neighbors are vaccinated and the threat of COVID-19 begins to recede, the challenges that faced our neighborhoods prior to 2020 are still there, and in some cases have worsened.
It takes way too long to rebuild our broken streets and sidewalks. The rent for many is too high. Our beaches still become toxic soups during storms. And, in addition to these everyday issues, our Asian American neighbors are facing a rising tide of hatred and prejudice – an intolerable proposition for anyone in this country.
That's why I'm declaring my candidacy today for the San Diego City Council District 6 seat.
I want to ensure San Diego truly "Builds Back Better" by safeguarding our environment, investing in our infrastructure, and protecting every one of our neighbors in Clairemont, Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Sorrento Valley, Miramar, and Rancho Peñasquitos. Together, we can restore an American Dream of safe streets and sidewalks, healthy canyons and creeks, and vibrant neighborhoods.
As a San Diego County Planning Commissioner, founder of San Diego Democrats for Environmental Action, and broadcast journalist I've fought to protect open space, restore our natural wetlands, and revitalize our neighborhoods. I will put forth a municipal plan to fix our streets, restore our parks, and protect our neighbors.
When I ran for the District 6 seat as the endorsed Democratic candidate in 2018, my team and I launched a grassroots coalition that knocked on every door in the district. In many areas, we did so twice. I'm looking forward to resuming these conversations in order to hear my fellow San Diegans' concerns and priorities.
But to win, I need your help. I can't make any of this happen without raising the funds we'll need to compete. Many of you know how close we came to winning in 2018, so please know your contribution will be critical in building momentum, support, and viability in defeating the special interests.
I cannot overemphasize the importance of having a competitive war chest. Please visit tommyhough.com today and make a contribution via our ActBlue account.
You know I'm a fighter who will always put our neighborhoods first. Let's send a message to City Hall.
A San Diego County planning commissioner and former radio host and media personality, Tommy Hough works as an environmental consultant and communications professional, and is a California Democratic Party delegate and the co-founder and former president of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action.