Tommy Hough walking in front of apartments in Mira Mesa

Meet Tommy Hough

"We need a city government that has the wisdom of our neighborhoods." A journey from working behind the mic to leading from the front. City Hall, we're coming for you.

Your Neighbor and Advocate

Tommy and Cory's wedding in Little Italy.
Tommy and Cory's wedding in Little Italy.

My name is Tommy Hough (it's pronounced "how").

​​I've enjoyed a great deal of professional success in San Diego, particularly during my years as a radio host at FM 94/9, KPRI, 91X, and as the founder and host of shows like Brunch With Bob and Friends and Treehuggers International. I've also had the good fortune of working for marvelous environmental organizations like Surfrider and San Diego Audubon, and helping lead and coordinate the ReWild Mission Bay campaign.

I've similarly enjoyed a great deal of personal success in San Diego, as my wife Cory and I met while we were both living in Bankers Hill. I later proposed to Cory at Sunset Cliffs, and we were married at Our Lady of the Rosary in Little Italy. As I was welcomed into her large, immigrant family, my sister and father relocated from our hometown of Pittsburgh to make San Diego their home too.

As the co-founder and original president of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, I grew the organization into one of the largest and most influential clubs in the San Diego County Democratic Party. And with the help of neighbors, friends, and a legion of committed volunteers and true believers on my first run for San Diego City Council we kept it a close race in District 6 to the end. We did so again in the 2022 primary, walking until there were holes in our shoes. With your help and support, we're going to seal the deal with a win for our neighborhoods in November.

Neighborhoods First

I stepped away from my broadcast career to run for office because our District 6 neighborhoods continually fail to be recognized by an entrenched Downtown establishment that gives more attention to our regional economic centers than the 160,000 San Diegans who make the "Heart of San Diego" home in D6 and power the jobs in Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa, University City, Sorrento Valley, Sorrento Mesa, Convoy, MCAS Miramar, and across our region.

When was the last time a councilmember independent of Downtown lobbyists and special interests was fighting for us at City Hall? Since 2008 our council seat has been co-opted by bad actors and those representing Downtown special interests. This must end.

Tommy At The Radio Station
On the air at FM 94/9 in 2010.

Why I'm Running for Office

Years ago Cory and I made Mira Mesa our home because we love the community, the location, and our neighbors. And ​​I'm running for City Council because our community suffers from decades of deferred maintenance in the form of broken streets that must be rebuilt, ineffective and too few transit options, needed streetlights, and persistent public safety concerns.

We need effective planning now to manage how new housing is built so we're not adding more traffic to our congested streets, and now that we've lost our DFIs (developer impact fees) we must lean on the city and developers alike to ensure new developments have more than adequate amounts of park space and services for new residents. But first, we must restore our built infrastructure before it fails further.

I'm running for City Council because our city is in the midst of a homeless crisis that needs a menu of compassionate solutions, with permanent supportive housing being a key component. I don't want to see more kids forced to do their homework under the dome light of a parked car on Gold Coast, or any other street.

I will not stand for more of our unsheltered neighbors suffering and dying on our city streets, or subjected to harassment and medieval diseases, or cry broken and alone on a bus stop bench. As a community, we must be better than what is occurring now.

I'm running for City Council because I'm committed to fulfilling our Climate Action Plan, preserving our diverse environment, providing unleaded fuel at municipal airports, ensuring the implementation of Pure Water, expanding rooftop solar access for all who want it, and capturing and treating stormwater so our creeks, beaches, and bays no longer become toxic soups during stormy weather.

I'm running for City Council because I will always stand with ratepayers over shareholders, and because I believe in Neighborhoods First with safe streets and sidewalks, healthy canyons, vibrant neighborhoods, and restored infrastructure.

I need your support today. If you've got questions, I'd love to hear them. Send me an e-mail or call at (619) 805-6365.

With neighbors at Mira Mesa Community Park.
With neighbors at Mira Mesa Community Park.
Volunteering at a "Gas Me Up" free gas event.
Volunteering at a "Gas Me Up" free gas event.
With striking sanitation workers in Kearny Mesa.
With striking sanitation workers in Kearny Mesa.