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City of EncinitasCandidate for Council Member

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Phil Graham

Educator/Non-Profit Consultant
11,088 votes (17.29%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety: The health and safety of our community is my foremost priority. It will be my top goal as a city councilman to ensure that we have superb public safety resources and to do it in a fiscally responsible way.
  • Environment: As a long time surfer, biker, and runner, I join the rest of the citizens of Encinitas in cherishing our environment. I will promote ways to either secure what we have or improve on it through sound fiscally responsible policies.
  • Fiscal Responsibility: By planning for the long term and spending the city’s revenue as carefully as we would our own, we can stop wasteful spending, abuse of our citizen’s tax dollars, and plan for the day when the economy is weak.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Educator / Non-Profit Business Consultant
Cause Leadership Instructor at the Sanford Educational Center, National University (2016–current)
Board of Directors - Founders Circle, The Preuss School at UCSD — Appointed position (2012–current)
Vice Commander, Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 416, Encinitas, CA — Elected position (2016–current)
Board of Directors, Padres Pedal the Cause - Providing funding for cancer research at all three of San Diego's NCI designated Cancer Centers — Elected position (2012–current)
Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Discovery Institue (2010–2015)
Government Affairs and Marketing/Business Development Consultant, Self (2006–2010)
Vice President of Strategy and Government Relations, Crossflo Systems (2003–2006)
Regional Client Relationship Manager - South Asia, Ion Global - Molecular - Isobar // AEGIS MEDIA (2000–2002)

Education

INSEAD, Singapore Campus Executive Education, Negotiation Dynamics (2002)
Thunderbird School of Global Management Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.), with Honors, International Marketing (1996)
University of Southern California (USC), Marshall School of Business Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship (1991)

Community Activities

Candidate for the 76th District, California State Assembly (2015–2016)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • The Lincoln Club of San Diego County
  • San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer
  • Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar

Elected Officials (5)

  • San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox
  • San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts
  • California State Senator Pat Bates
  • Former California Assemblyman Martin Garrick
  • Former State Senator Mark Wyland

Questions & Answers

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

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

I decided to run for city council because I want to serve the community I love. I've been a long time resident of Encinitas and want to help shape our future for the better. On the council, I'll make sure our city government spends our tax dollars wisely, prioritizes public safety, and ensures that our small businesses have the tools they need to grow and create jobs. 

My city council priorities are: 

Public Safety - It will be my top goal as a city councilman to ensure that we have superb public safety resources and to do it in a fiscally responsible way. 

Jobs - Promoting job creation is paramount to a strong and healthy Encinitas. 

Environment - Promoting ways to either secure what we have or improve on it through sound fiscally responsible technologies and policies will both protect the environment and ensure that we are not wasting tax dollars chasing bad ideas. 

Fiscal Responsibility - By planning for the long term and spending the city’s revenue as carefully as we would our own, we can stop wasteful spending, abuse of our citizen’s tax dollars, and plan for the day when the economy is weak. 

Civic Engagement - It is the city council’s job to ensure transparency of decisions and to engage with all of the various groups in our city, which safeguards that our government works with and for the citizens. 

Land Use - I will work to ensure that we both protect property rights but also deal with our affordable housing crisis, in addition to the protection of the unique cultures of our five city communities. 

Small Business - I’ve had the opportunity to work for small, medium and fortune 50 companies. During this time, I have learned that it is the small businesses who often take the largest risks and who provide more than their fair share of driving economic growth. These small businesses -- be it a local florist, mom and pop owned restaurant or a surf shop-- are an important source of employment and economic activity and serve as the foundation of our community.

 

 

 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My city council priorities are: 

Public Safety - It will be my top goal as a city councilman to ensure that we have superb public safety resources and to do it in a fiscally responsible way. 

Jobs - Promoting job creation is paramount to a strong and healthy Encinitas. 

Environment - Promoting ways to either secure what we have or improve on it through sound fiscally responsible technologies and policies will both protect the environment and ensure that we are not wasting tax dollars chasing bad ideas. 

Fiscal Responsibility - By planning for the long term and spending the city’s revenue as carefully as we would our own, we can stop wasteful spending, abuse of our citizen’s tax dollars, and plan for the day when the economy is weak. 

Civic Engagement - It is the city council’s job to ensure transparency of decisions and to engage with all of the various groups in our city, which safeguards that our government works with and for the citizens. 

Land Use - I will work to ensure that we both protect property rights but also deal with our affordable housing crisis, in addition to the protection of the unique cultures of our five city communities. 

Small Business - I’ve had the opportunity to work for small, medium and fortune 50 companies. During this time, I have learned that it is the small businesses who often take the largest risks and who provide more than their fair share of driving economic growth. These small businesses -- be it a local florist, mom and pop owned restaurant or a surf shop-- are an important source of employment and economic activity and serve as the foundation of our community.

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