Meet Tommy Hough
A journey from working behind the mic to leading from the front. City Hall, we're coming for you.
Your Neighbor and Advocate
My name is Tommy Hough (it's pronounced "how").
I've enjoyed a great deal of professional success in San Diego, particularly my years as a radio host at FM 94/9, KPRI, 91X, and with long-running shows like Brunch With Bob and Friends and Treehuggers International. I've also had the fortune of working for effective environmental organizations like Surfrider and San Diego Audubon, and coordinating the ReWild Mission Bay campaign.
I've enjoyed even greater personal success in San Diego, as my wife Cory and I first met while living in Bankers Hill. I later proposed to her 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 in 2018 we walked until we had holes in our shoes – and kept it a close race in District 6 to the end. And we're only just getting started.
I stepped away from my broadcast career to run for San Diego City Council because our District 6 neighborhoods are forgotten about by a Downtown establishment that gives more attention to our regional economic centers than the 140,000 San Diegans who make the Heart of San Diego home and power the jobs in Sorrento Valley, Convoy, MCAS Miramar, and across our region. But when was the last time a councilmember independent of Downtown special interests was fighting for us at City Hall?
Cory and I made Mira Mesa our home, and I'm running for City Council because we have decades of deferred maintenance at our parks and libraries, a road system that must be rebuilt and restored, limited transit options, and persistent public safety concerns.
I'm running for City Council because our city is in the midst of a homeless crisis that needs a menu of compassionate solutions. I don't want more kids forced to do their homework under the dome light of a parked car on Gold Coast, or any other street. I cannot stand for one more of our unsheltered neighbors to suffer and die on our city streets.
I'm running for City Council because I'm committed to fulfilling our Climate Action Plan, supporting ratepayers instead of shareholders, ensuring we receive the parks we've been promised, and that we capture stormwater so our creeks, beaches, and bays no longer become toxic soups during stormy weather.
I'm running for City Council because I believe in NEIGHBORHOODS FIRST with safe streets and sidewalks, healthy canyons, vibrant neighborhoods, and restored infrastructure.