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City of WhittierCandidate for MayorTwo-Year Term

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Owen Newcomer

Whittier City Council Member
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Unite Whittier's different interest groups and geographic areas by successfully transitioning to our new district election system.
  • Enact sustainable economic and environmental policies, starting by enacting water usage rates that reward conservation. Whittier, and all of Southern California, is facing a long-term need to conserve water. Water rates that reward conservation are
  • Increase support for at-risk children, homebound seniors and homeless veterans by increasing aid to local support groups that help our neighbors who are in need.



Profession:Rio Hondo College Government Professor, now retired teaching one or two classes a semester
Professor of Government, Rio Hondo College (1975–current)
Council Member, Whittier City Council — Elected position (2000–current)
Board of Education Member, Whittier City School District — Elected position (1989–2000)


USC Ph.D., Political Science (1980)

Community Activities

Member, Rotary Club of Whittier (1997–current)


Married to Kristina, 44 years.

Government Professor, Rio Hondo College, 40 years.

Whittier City Council Member, 16 years, including serving as Mayor three times under the old rotation system of chosing Whittier's mayor.

Chair of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments Committee on Homelessness.

Current Member and former Chair of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Comission.

Chair of the Employees Relations Policy Committee for the League of California Cities.

Former President of the Los Angeles Division of the League of California Cities.

Former Chair of the Environmental Quality Policy Committee for the League of California Cities.

Former Chair of the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.

Served on the Whittier City School Board from 1989 to 2000.

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