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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of PowayCandidate for Council Member, District 1

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John Carson

Customer Service Manager
343 votes (6.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety, continue to provide the county's leading Public safety to the residents of Poway.
  • Community Amenities, enhance the parks and centers we have today. Add funding to the events around Poway, so that those events are destinations known throughout the county.
  • Transparency, Budget awareness, and Community Involvement. Make the people of Poway a part of the process once again. Create an environment at City Hall that the citizens want to be a part of.



Profession:Customer Service Manager
United State Marine, Served in the US Marines as an Electrician with multiple deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom — Appointed position (2001–2008)


National University M.B.A., Business with emphasis in Economics. (2013)
National University B.A., Business Administration (2011)


As a representative of the City Council, I hope to provide fresh ideas and new leadership.  I wish to serve as an independent representative and voice for District 1 and all of Poway.  My primary goals are to enhance the community services for the people and to provide better civic oversight of the commercial improvements along Poway Road.  The City, together with private organizations, has done well in establishing community events such as Poway Days, and Poway Rodeo, but additional funding should be invested in community events.  Although the Poway Road Corridor Specific plan has good intentions to revitalize Poway, the density, parking requirements, and traffic flow need further improvement.  We can better facilitate improvements on this important and visible part of the City while preserving the character of the community.  I support attracting new tax-paying businesses and supporting local employers. I also hope to increase City operations by making it easier for individuals and businesses to work with the City. I support effective public safety, park improvements as well as recreational facilities, and veterans’ causes in Poway.  I have a business degree and excellent relevant work experience; I am a disabled veteran of the United States Marine Corps); I am active in my local church, my son’s Cub Scout pack and volunteering; I have lived in Poway for 7 years, specifically in District 1.

Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (8)

  • Mark and Kathy Anthony
  • Amanda Carson
  • Paul and Joy Balcombe
  • Jeff and Christa Hudgins
  • Andrew Strickley
  • Phil Harris
  • Corey Withrow
  • Nate and Niki Ritchison

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters San Diego (4)


Do you support increasing the housing density in your district of the City of Poway? What other options might there be for improving the City's supply of affordable housing?

No answer provided.
Do you approve of the City's current approach to addressing the problems of homelessness? What specific changes, if any, would you make? 
Answer from John Carson:

I believe in a plan that makes it easier for the Faith Community to get involved and provide for our local homeless population here in Poway. Those who chose to remain on the streets of their own will would be encouraged to move into affordable housing or with family members. 

Do you support any specific projects to promote economic activity in the City? Why or why not?
Answer from John Carson:

I support free market economics. This means that any economic activity that would be good for Poway would be supported. I think Poway needs to look at all avenues of potential revenue for our long-term vision. Such a true long-term has been missing from the City for a while now.  

Do you believe that the Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) has adequate independence, authority, and resources to provide effective civilian review, if there are allegations of sheriff deputy misconduct in the City of Poway? What changes, if any, do you think should be made to that body?
Answer from John Carson:

The idea that this question even needs to be asked lends to the answer that the CLERB does not currently enjoy adequate independence and authority. 
I think this board should have a mutual benefit between the People of Poway and the County Sherrif's who support us. A council member should also participate on this board to provide a listening ear to provide feedback to the other Council members as well as City Staff. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

First and foremost, as a Council Member, I believe it is our duty to listen to the people of Poway. We must never mistake our own ideas for the will of the people who elected us. Together the Council and the People of Poway can re-make the City's image into the example for San Diego County. 

-         I plan to create an environment of welcome and listening within the City Government.

-         I plan to maintain and improve upon public safety matters within Poway.

-         I want to improve upon the parks we already have and look for opportunities to expand our parks where we are impacted the most.

-         I stand behind my commitment to be accountable to the people of Poway.


-     -         I will always strive to be an active participant in the great community of Poway. 

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