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City of Imperial BeachCandidate for City Council

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Tim O'Neal

2,042 votes (16.21%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • PUBLIC SAFETY - Increase staffing levels for Public Safety personnel is a must. Also, push for better street lighting and help kickstart a new Neighborhood Watch Program.
  • BETTER NEIGHBORS, BETTER NEIGHBORHOODS - Encourage residents to become stakeholders in finding solutions to issues in their neighborhood. Push for the implementation of a program like "SeeClickFix" and for paved sidewalks on every block.
  • QUALITY OF LIFE - Keep IB a "classic" small beach town while fostering the growth necessary for fiscal sustainability. Push for comprehensive recreation programming via "Joint-Use Agreements" w/ area schools.



Profession:Real Estate / Property Management
BOOKKEEPER, Hutchins Realty (2015–current)
Chair, Parks & Recreation Committee — Appointed position (2014–current)
Member, Mayoral Advisory Council — Appointed position (2014–current)
Member, Dog Park Ad Hoc Committee — Appointed position (2016–current)
Member, Sports Park Task Force / Collaboration — Appointed position (2013–current)
CAREGIVER, Pat Hutchins (2014–2015)
Member, Military Appreciation Day Committee — Appointed position (2015–2015)


Central College (Pella, Iowa) Biology, Physics (1994)

Community Activities

Co-founder, I HEART IB (Community Group) (2009–current)
Co-Founder, "Bring Back the Boom" (4th of July Fireworks) (2014–current)
Member , Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce (2014–current)
Member, People's Park Steering Committee (2016–current)
Member, Imperial Beach Historical Society (2016–current)


I have lived in Imperial Beach for 43 years and have benefited from the values and charm our small city enjoys. The quality education I received from Harbor View Elementary, Mar Vista Middle, and Mar Vista High (Class of 1990), coupled with the strong family values and dedication to community service instilled upon me by my parents and grandparents, have made me who I am today.

I'm a third generation "IB Local" with roots in Imperial Beach dating back to the 1960's. My grandparents George & Elizabeth Wright, were founding members of both the Imperial Beach Whale & Sunset Watchers Society (Whale of a City) and the Citizens Action Group of Imperial Beach. George was on 1981 General Plan Committee (appointed by then Mayor Brian Bilbray 

The last eight years I’ve been one of the most politically engaged residents in our city. During this time, with the support and encouragement of residents and city leaders, I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of many rewarding projects and events. Leading the community’s effort in finding a solution for the Sports Park and partnering with residents, local businesses, and city leaders to “Bring Back the Boom” for the Fourth of July are two accomplishments I’m extremely proud of because they both utilized a collaborative approach to problem solving.

In 2009 I co-founded the community group I Heart IB with the love of my life and best friend Candy Unger. Together Candy and I set out to make Imperial Beach a better place to live, work, and play. I’ve chaired Imperial Beach’s Park & Recreation Committee since 2014 and also been an active member of the Mayoral Advisory Council.

Now more than ever Imperial Beach needs pragmatic leaders whose sole devotion is to the best interests of Imperial Beach. We all love IB’s unpretentious, laid-back, small-town charm. It is incumbent upon our city leaders to negotiate a path to protect those values we’ve held dear since before our incorporation, while at the same time allowing the growth that’s required to stay incorporated. It’s also important to remember that the best path for IB will only come about if residents are engaged, informed, and looked at as stakeholders in the decision-making process.

I’m grateful to have the opportunity to run for City Council. I look forward to engaging voters and exchanging ideas. I am confident I can help Imperial Beach continue moving forward in a positive direction while staying true to the “Classic Southern California” way of life we all love.


I am pleased to be endorsed by the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County and I humbly ask for your support and your vote on November 8th.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Deputy Sheriffs' Association of San Diego County - "Law Enforcements Choice"

Organizations (1)

  • Republican Party of San Diego County

Elected Officials (2)

  • Former Congressman Brian Bilbray
  • IB Councilman Patrick Bilbray

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