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City of PowayCandidate for City Council

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Chris Olps

Systems Engineer/Instructor
2,337 votes (6.42%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • First and foremost I want to ensure that the City has representation that reflects the community at large. There is currently no representation for southern Poway on the council.
  • Second, there are many community safety issues that have come before council with no action. I want to ensure that the concern of the community are addressed to keep Poway one of the safest communities in California.
  • Third, I want to work to make the City more focused on project completion. The City currently has a large number of projects with years spent and nothing to show. I want to provide tangible results, and help our city improve.



Profession:Systems Engineer / Instructor
Sr. Systems Engineer, SAIC (2015–current)
Co-Chair, Budget Review Committee for the City of Poway — Appointed position (2015–current)


I grew up and have lived in Poway for most of the last 26 years, I am 33 years old now and am raising a family of my own here in Poway. I went through the PUSD school system and graduating from Poway High, before joining the United States Navy. While serving in the Navy for 8 years, I worked as a Nuclear Engineer in the power plants on air craft carriers. I currently work as a Senior Systems Engineer for SAIC. My family and I live in the Garden Road community and my son is now in PUSD. I take a great deal of pride in researching issues and ensuring that all sides of an issue are presented fairly. Any effective government needs the support of the people to work, “…executive power derives from a mandate from the masses”; to that end I will side with the voice of the people in matters brought before the council. If the laws are already in place, they should be followed; or changed to create the community we all want to live in. If there are problems they should be heard and equal consideration given to all aspects of the issue before making a decision. As a veteran I believe in the rights afforded to every person by the constitution, and I believe it is the people who give power to the government to enforce and protect a way of life. If you believe this is not being done then you should be using that voice to vote and make a difference. Put your Hopes in Votes for Olps!

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of San Diego (1)

What is the most significant challenge facing the City of Poway, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?
Answer from Chris Olps:

I believe that the most significant issue facing Poway is the loss of its character.  Poway is unique and maintains a community where its citizens are involved and active.  Slowly over the years many of the things unique to Poway have left or been outsourced.  This process is continuing and now has some major projects which would change the heart of the community.  I believe we need to keep our community one where the residents are reflected and equitably represented.  We need to make sure that the our children can grow up in the same city which has raised me over the last 26 years.

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