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City of PowayCandidate for City Council

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Sean Finley

Computer Security Analyst
2,603 votes (7.15%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • South Poway has no voice on the current City Council; as a resident of South Poway for 12 years I want to be that vote for Poway's working families.
  • Poway Road is in need of revitalization. Poway needs to attract and retain businesses that Powegians, and those in the surrounding communities, want.
  • Enact a smarter and more equitable water rate structure that rewards savers and discourages waste.



Profession:Computer Security Professional
Senior Systems Security Engineer, GEICO (1996–current)
Committee Member, Poway Road Corridor Study — Appointed position (2015–current)


Chapman University Bachelor of Arts, Social Science, Cum Laude (2006)

Community Activities

Member, Maranatha Chapel (1994–current)


I was born and raised in San Diego, and have lived in the North County area my whole life. I have fond memories of my Mom bringing me to Poway when I was a boy. We would go the old Bible bookstore, Miller’s Outpost and then to Del Taco for lunch (I sure miss Del Taco).

Twenty years ago my employer moved to the Poway Business Park. Through my experience of working here in Poway, I gained appreciation for its high quality of life and the uniqueness of being the “City in the Country.”

In 2004, around the same time that I started dating my wife, Tina, I was contemplating buying a home. The choice was clear to me. I knew that raising a family in Poway would be the right decision for me and my future family.

I know that I am not alone; families have been making that wise decision for decades. Poway represents so many good things to so many: San Diego County’s safest city, great schools, tight-knit communities, excellent property values and so much more.

During the past eleven years, my family has grown with the birth of my daughter, and Poway has experienced growth as well. As Poway continues to evolve I want to be a part of a team that helps Poway continue to be the city that we Powegians all know and love, and to do that with fiscal responsibility and accountability.

For the past year and a half I have had the privilege of serving on the Poway Road Corridor Study committee, where it is has been my goal to influence the direction of City policy that will lead to the revitalization of this important thoroughfare.

I believe that several challenges lie ahead for City leaders, including equitable water rates, attracting quality businesses for jobs and shopping, and utilizing technology to better equip families and businesses meet their potential in Poway.

As a citizen of South Poway I see the impact of many of these decisions each day. I believe there is a need for South Poway to have representation on the City Council. The Mayor and Council represent the voices of all Powegians and as such I believe it is vital for a member of the Council to come from this area, especially when considering such things as water rates and community growth. I believe my fiscal conservatism and pragmatism would be a welcome asset to the Council.

I will work hard to ensure that I represent the interests of the working families of Poway, and I look forward to the chance to serve as a true representative of the people.

Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (10)

  • Gary Lawton, Pastor Calvary Chapel of Santee
  • Victor Liao, Sr Product Manager
  • Anthony Hong, Owner of Anthony Hong Tae Kwon Do
  • Amy Youssi, Office Manager
  • Robyn Garrison, Auditor
  • Erin Soria, Office Manager
  • David Hobbs
  • Kevin Blakely, Business Owner
  • Jose Vega, Auto Adjuster
  • Devin Wiltbank

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 Sean Finley:

Many challenges face Poway in the years ahead, including; the revitalization of Poway Road, minimizing population density, providing proper oversight of City Hall, creating an equitable water rate structure that rewards savers, ensuring South Poway has a vote on the City Council and keeping the "country" in the "City in the country". Most significant among those, I believe, is the revitalization of Poway Road.

Poway Road has long been the lifeblood of consumers, commuters and citizens in and around Poway. Tens of thousands of cars travel through it on a daily basis. It is a vital part of Poway’s economy. We need to make it as efficient a thoroughfare as possible so that we can get to and from work and school as quickly and safely as possible. It needs to be an efficient means for Poway businesses to do their part in the local economy. Having Poway Road filled with vibrant restaurants, shops and other businesses will ensure the strong economic position of Poway, as well as help its residents to enjoy living and doing business in their hometown. Quality of life is a big reason why people move to Poway. Poway Road's revitalization will help keep it that way.

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