Tommy Hough

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Tommy Hough received a BS in Communications, English, History, and Broadcast Journalism from Ohio University. Hough has held a variety of positions in the broadcast university, including a Producer at CBS radio and Morning Host and Public Affairs Director at Lincoln Financial Media. He was also a broadcaster at Alpha Broadcasting, a Morning Host at Local Media San Diego, and is currently a Content Consultant at Strike Fire Productions. Hough worked at Treehuggers International, Surfrider Foundation San Diego County, Oregon Wild, and Public News Service in broadcasting roles. He was the Co-Founder and President for the San Diego Democrats for Environmental Action and operates Communications and Campaign Coordination for the San Diego Audubon Society [9].

Hough previously was a radio host at FM 94/9, KPRI, 91X. He was also the founder and host of many shows, such as Brunch With Bob and Friends and Treehuggers International. He is currently a [1]. Hough was a Central Committee Member of the San Diego Democratic Party, and a delegate of the California Democratic Party [10].

Key Issues


Hough supports San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, the preservation of the diverse environment, providing unleaded fuel at municipal airports, implementing Pure Water, expanding rooftop solar access, and capturing and testing stormwater [1]. Hough wants to find solutions for the exposure to sewage in the Tijuana River Valley. He hopes to maintain the Multiple Species Conservation Plan and the urban forest [5]. He hopes to change San Diego’s municipal utility from a fossil fuel based company to a renewable one. He hopes to increase electric vehicle use and the extension of the Orange Line and Purple Line [8].


Hough has stated that roads and infrastructure is his number one priority. He wants more transit for citizens living in Mira Mesa and may look into rezoning parts of the district for affordable housing [3]. He hopes to encourage greater investment in communities south of Interstate 8, and in communities north of Interstate 8, such as Mira Mesa, Miramar, and Kearny Mesa [8].


Hough has previously stated that San Diego is an Asian-empowerment city [4]. Hough wants to focus on the challenges that San Diego faced during the pandemic and today. He wants to prioritize protecting open space, fixing streets, and protecting residents. [6]

Civil Rights

Hough has previously called for San Diego leaders to hold neighborhood hearings to gather information on local anti-Asian incidents and violence by encouraging victims to come forward. He hopes to find ways to understand the background of anti-Asian hate and prevent it [7].


Hough opposes the using of houses for short-term rentals and speculation. He supports the Kearny Mesa Community plan to build on the west side of State Route 163. He also opposes policies such as Senate Bill 9 and wants to find ways that people can escape the cycle of rent [8].

Law Enforcement

Hough believes the police force must be made strong to prevent crime. He wants to give officers higher pay and more benefits to prevent them from leaving. He believes current officers are doing the best, particularly in tracking down ghost guns, they can despite moral problems. He would support increasing the police budget if there were higher wages and benefits [8].


The San Diego Union-Tribune; Sierra Club; League of Conservative Voters; Progressive Democrats of America – California; Planned Parenthood; Democrats for Environmental Action; San Diego Progressive Democratic Club; Rancho Peñasquitos Democratic Club; Point Loma/Ocean Beach Democrats; Paloma Aguirre, Imperial Beach City Councilmember; Marti Emerald, Former San Diego City Councilmember (D9); Jeff Griffith, Palomar Health District; Ed Harris, Former San Diego City Councilmember (D2); Terra Lawson-Remer, San Diego County Supervisor (D3); Jennifer Mendoza, Lemon Grove City Councilmember; Suzanne Till, Padre Dam Municipal Water District; Howard Wayne, Former California Assemblymember (AD78); Serge Dedina, Mayor of Imperial Beach; George Gastil, Lemon Grove City Councilmember; Mark Gracyk, Helix Water District; Tony Kranz, Encinitas City Councilmember; Harry Mathis, Former San Diego City Councilmember (D1); RL Miller, Democratic National Committee (DNC); Igor Tregub, Chair, CADEM Environmental CaucusVictoria Abrenica; Dave Adams; Marya Ahmad; Christine Allen; Kiah Amande; Patrick Ambrosio; Dr. Peter Andersen; Allison Andrews; Doug Applegate; Jane Asher Reaney; Ron Askeland; Christopher Auckerman; Susan Baldwin; Maya Banks; Trent Baskerville; Steve Belknap; Dr. Tim Bilash; Sharon Bodon; Dr. Jerry Boggs; Cassie Brill; Kathryn Burton; David and Julie Busse; Josie Caballero; Jack and Lisa Canning; Keri Cannon; Chris Cantore; Christina Capella; Todd Cardiff; Alexandria Cassatt; Jan Chatten-Brown; Henry Chiu; Chris Clarke; Patrick Clasby; Bruce and Alana Coons; Brandon Coopersmith; Amanda Dahl; Ruth DeSantis; Roman Diaz, Jr.; Suzie Ditmars; Dr. Mohamed Elnakib; David Engel; Peg Engel; Ernest and Sherilyn Fagan; Kaanchan S. Farkiya; Ellen Feeney; Anne Fege; Megan Flaherty; Michael Lynn Filio; Cara Furio; Dan Gallagher; Wei Gao; Gary Gartner; Michelle Gastil; Xavier Gilford; Allison Gill; Jane L. Glasson; Carl Grunsky; Rick Guerrero; Paul and Carol Gunderson; Trang Ha; Stewart Halpern; Michael Halloran; Richard Halsey; Trish Halsey-Munroe; Lesley Handa; Imam Taha Hassane; Rikki Hawkins; John and Pam Heatherington; Anetra Henry; Jim Herrington; Bill Hickman; Jim Hodgdon; Dave Hogan; Elizabeth Hogue; Katherine Hogue; Greg Hoxsie; Tai Tung Huang; Mark and Karen Hughes; Dr. Samm Hurst; Jules Jackson; Sunshine Johnson; Isabelle Kay; Azim Khamisa; Howie Klein; Debby Knight; Valerie Kosheleff; Michael Kreizenbeck; Paul Krueger; Bonnie and Keebler Kutch; Adrian Kwiatkowski; Bridger Langfur; Liz Lavertu; Mackenzie Lawrence; Elizabeth Leventhal; Meg Ley; Dr. Cary Lowe; Alegra Loewenstein; Tina Luu; Kevin Liu Mahoney; Mayela Manasjan; Anya Marina; Rena Marrocco; John Mattes; Len May; Dan McClellan; David McCullough; Dallas McLaughlin; John McNeil; Rod Meade; Mo Mellady; Garett Michaels; Keith Mikas; David and Kathy Muckley; Tom Mullaney; Edie Munk; Ross Naismith; Dareen Nasser; Rod Nazaire; Malte Niebelschuetz; Marilyn Nieves; Howard Nguyen; Lisa Nguyen; Phuoc Nguyen; Michael Norman; Matt O’Malley; Ria Otero; Bryan Pease; Dave Peiser; Micah Perlin; Dr. Cody Petterson; Jim Peugh; Patrick Pierce; Bill Powers; Mohammad Jawad Rahimi; Moretza Rahimi; Joan Raphael; Bruce Reznik; Robin Rierdan; Gregg Robinson; Karenlee Robinson; Sonja Robinson; Ruth Rollins; Lisa Ross; Dana Rubin; Aurora Ruvalcaba; Rose Ryan; George Sadler; Moyboy Salas; Paul Sasso; Robert Scannell; Denise Sellers; Dr. Dan Silver; Mitch Silverstein; Stefanie Sekich-Quinn; Jon Sinton; Sandra Stahl; Kenya Taylor; Mia Taylor; JP Theberge; Mudita Tiwary; Michael Torti; Phillip Tran; Clayton Tschudy; Matt Valenti; John Vallas; Dr. Chip Vasquez; Andréa Vega; Nicole Verdes; Kristen Victor; José Viesca, Jr.; Mary Anne Viney; Susan Wayo; Ilka Weston; Brian White; Andy Wiese; David Wright; David and Jill Yapo; Quentin Yates; Dr. Elizabeth Yoe; Peter Zahn; Ahmad Zakee; Dr. Bart Ziegler; Dr. Karin Zirk


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3 NBC San Diego
4 Voice of San Diego
5 Down with Tyranny!
6 Times of San Diego 3/23
7 Times of San Diego 3/08
8 San Diego Union Tribune
9 LinkedIn
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