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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of SanteeCandidate for Council Member, District 1

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Rob McNelis

Vice Mayor/Businessman
3,107 votes (51.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue to be able to balance the city budget without raising taxes and fees on our citizens or businesses.
  • Continue to keep Santee as one of the top safest places to live and raise a family in SD County.
  • Keep Santee affordable and accessible to the next generation.



• Santee resident for over 25 years
• Santee business owner for 21 years
• Married to his high school sweetheart, Dawn
• Father to two children, Hailey (19) and Tyler (17)
• Elected to the Santee City Council in 2010 and re-elected in 2014
• (Former) President of the San Diego Association of Mortgage Brokers
• (Former) President of the East San Diego County Assoc. of Realtors
• (Former) Member of the Prop “R” Bond Oversight Committee
• (Former) President of the Santee Chamber of Commerce
• 2017 Co-Sponsored the first ever “Veterans Job Fair” helping local Veterans find long term employment
• 2017 Co-Sponsored the first ever Santee Supports “Heavy Marine Helicopter Unit 462” Family Away Party
• 2017 Elected Official of the Year for the San Diego County Gun Owners PAC
• 2016 City Official of the Year for SMOAC • 2007 Santee Citizen of the Year
• 2007 Small Business of the Year, 77th State Assembly District
• 2007 Business Collaborator of the Year, Santee School District Foundation

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (5)

  • Republican Party of San Diego County
  • San Diego County Gun Owners PAC
  • The San Diego County Lincoln Club
  • San Diego County Deputy Sheriff Association
  • San Diego County Building Industry Association

Elected Officials (4)

  • State Assemblyman Randy Voepel
  • Santee City Councilman Brian Jones
  • City of El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells
  • Santee City Councilman Ronn Hall

Individuals (5)

  • Anita and Andy Bautista
  • Darlene and Jon Homer
  • Dustin Burns
  • Dustin Trotter
  • James, J.J. and Daniel Buksa

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 Santee? What other options might there be for improving the City's supply of affordable housing?
Answer from Rob McNelis:

I believe in increasing housing density from the 2003 General Plan in areas that make sense to do so (like Walker Trails). I also believe in decreasing density in areas that cannot handle the impacts of what may have been purposed 15 years ago (like the 2 County owned sites next to the YMCA or what was originally purposed for the Mission Gorge project where Panicle Peak was). This is why each project should be taken on a case by case basis. 

By providing a wide variety of housing options, a city can allow for the natural progressions in a life cycle to take place. Apartment renters become condo owners, that become smaller home owners, to move up housing owners to possibly empty nesters that once again downsize (as a generality as one size will never fit all).  

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 Rob McNelis:

I do approve the city's approach. The city works closely with a multitude of organizations to provide help and shelter to those that truly want it while at the same time implementing some of the most aggressive ordinances in California to deal with those that break the law. 

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

Yes, I was able to bring HD Supply to Santee with a sales tax revenue sharing program that has since provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to Santee' general fund. I also opposed a sales tax increase when all of the other cities around Santee were increasing their sales tax. We then found the next year that Santee was the only city to increase in overall sales tax revenue as the other cities all saw a decrease. This is why I always say "you cannot tax yourself into prosperity!"

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 Santee? What changes, if any, do you think should be made to that body?
Answer from Rob McNelis:

I believe that the Santee Sheriff's station does an excellent job at protecting the citizens of Santee with the resources they have (though they really need more sworn officers). That being said, yes I do also believe that the oversight process of checks and balances in force are fair and adequate. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a fiscal conservative that beleives in keeping the government out of your home and out of your wallet. I am also a strong defender of our 2nd Amendment rights!

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