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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of Pacific GroveCandidate for City Council

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Amy Tomlinson

Reserve Naval Aviator
3,379 votes (18.33%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • INTEGRITY: I am an independent thinker who enjoys public service. I feel that I can bring a voice of strength, integrity and balance to any conversation.
  • PROBLEM SOLVER: I am comfortable working with people with a wide range of opinions and ideas. I have a lot of experience finding solutions to problems as well as developing and implementing long term strategies.
  • COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT: I will work to keep-up our infrastructure and make improvements to areas that are run down and need attention. I will manage the budget responsibly. I will protect our environment.



Santa Clara University Masters in Business Administration, MBA expected graduation 2020 (current)

Community Activities

Naval Aviator, United States Navy (2000–current)



I am a 40-year-old mother, leader, instructor, combat veteran, and the first woman aviator selected to the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron. I am a highly-motivated, energetic and positive professional.


I have over 18 years of experience as an officer in the United States Navy. I am a results-driven, person who flawlessly executes any task in the most demanding, high-stress environments. My husband and I are at the end of our Navy careers and are here in Pacific Grove to stay. I am running for city council to serve our city and to dedicate myself to the people of our community.


Professional Experience

  • 18 years as an officer in the United States Navy.

    • Accumulated more than 1600 flight hours and 220 carrier arrested landing.

  • Served two years with the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.

    • Amy was the first female aviator ever selected to serve with the Blue Angels.

  • Qualified Radar Intercept Officer in the F-14 Tomcat and Weapons System Officer in the F/A-18 Super Hornet.

  • Flew 33 combat missions totaling 135 hours during her deployments to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom


Education and Service

  • University of Southern California graduate, Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations. May 2000.

  • Santa Clara University, Masters in Business. Current, expected graduation 2020.  

  • Performs local military funeral honors for veterans and their families, weekly.

  • Experience planning and executing multi-national and multi-service military exercises focused on problem solving and ambassadorship.

  • Volunteers at the Naval Postgraduate School Grand Winter Ball, Concours d’Elegance and has chaired multiple school fundraising events locally.


Family Life

  • Amy and her husband, Warren, currently live in Pacific Grove, with their two school aged children. They recently won the Pacific Grove Heritage Society award for “Best New Build” for their home they built in 2015.

  • In addition to raising her kids full time, Amy continues to serve her country in the Naval Reserves as a Maritime Air Operations Officer.  

  • Amy also enjoys public speaking and gives inspirational and motivational talks to youth and industry alike.

  • After many years of military travel, the Tomlinsons are thrilled to have landed in Pacific Grove to raise their family. They are homeowners, who plan to stay!

Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (6)

  • Debby Beck, CRS, GRI, Broker Associate. Real Estate Professional
  • Dan Cort. CEO of Cort Companies, Former Mayor of Pacific Grove 2006-2009
  • Dr. Peggy Field, Pacific Grove resident
  • Richard and Patricia Redditt, parents of Amy Tomlinson
  • Katharine Daniels Kurz, Chief of Staff to supervisor Mary L. Adams (Monterey County Board of Supervisors, Fifth District
  • Helen Ogden, Pacific Grove Resident

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

It would be my honor to represent all residents of Pacific Grove. I believe that all voices should be heard, regardless of age or viewpoint. Ensuring that everyone is listened to before decisions are made is an absolute must and would be my top priority.


Realizing nothing of greatness is ever done alone, I believe my sense of teamwork and dedication would be of great value to the city council team. It would be a pleasure to serve and I hope to earn your vote.


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