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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 76

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Robert "Rob" Howard

Central Committee Member
11,294 votes (5.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase voter turnout through voter engagement including an emphasis on engaging youth and low propensity voters
  • Develop and implement a Central Committee Strategic Plan which will include, but is not limited to, grooming candidates 2-4 years prior to running for office
  • Recruit, groom, and train a field of capable campaign staffers to assist candidates



Profession:Certified Nuclear Operator
Nuclear Operator, SCE (1989–current)
Member, Oceanside Measure X Citizen's Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2018–current)
Member, CPUC Utility Diversity Council — Appointed position (2010–current)
President, North San Diego County NAACP — Elected position (1999–2006)


Southern Illinois University Carbondale B.S. Degree, Workforce Education with an emphasis in Adult Education (1997)


Professionally, Rob Howard is currently a Certified Operator for Southern California Edison at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).  Rob works in the work control department developing and implementing work control packages intended to ensure plant maintenance and surveillances are performed safely.

Rob has over 30 years experienc in the nuclear energy field.  Rob is currently a Human Rights Advisor for the Utility Workers Union of America AFL-CIO. As a Human Rights Advisor for the Utility Workers Union of America, Rob works with his national union to provide various training for a number of members in the technical trades including positions in water, electric, nuclear and gas utilities.   Rob is a member of the California Public Utility Commission’s Diversity Council, working to improve diversity within the utilities in the areas of employment, procurement and philanthropy and governance.

Rob serves as the president of the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Local 246.  Rob is responsible for the day to day operations of the local.

Rob has certifications in Human Resource Management and in Certified Financial Planning from the University of California Irvine.


Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters San Diego (LWVSD) and the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (LWVNCSD) (3)

If elected, how much time and energy will you be able to devote to this volunteer position over the next four years, given your other personal and professional obligations?
Answer from Robert "Rob" Howard:

I currently volunteer with several organizations with an emphasis on youth engagement. I will use my current volunteer activities to share with the central committee ways to expand the party to youth, veterans and diverse communities. I expect a minimum of 15-20 hours a week dedication to party growth activities.

What is the most significant challenge facing this party in the next decade, and if you are elected, how will you help the party prepare to meet it?
Answer from Robert "Rob" Howard:

One of the most significant challenges we face as a party is answering and implementing the question: How do we create a unified party with leadership reflective of the communities that make up the party?

What public figures, past and present, do you believe have given the most postive examples of what this party stands for? Please explain your reasons for thinking so.
Answer from Robert "Rob" Howard:

As an African American male who grew up in the South, served in the military, and migrated to Southern California for my career in the nuclear energy field, the one political figure that showed me what the Democratic Party stands for was President Barack Obama.  I watched as he and his wife showed America what integrity and grace look like from a leader.

What he had to endure showed me what was possible for the future of our party and made me proud to be a Democrat.

President Obama put together a program which provided healthcare for millions who did not have it, even in states with primarily Democratic leadership.  Democrats expanded protections for preexisting conditions.  President Obama utilized diplomacy to curb Iran's nuclear aspirations while Republicans ignored facts and tried to take our healthcare.

President Obama's presidency inspired me to work toward engaging young people to see and realize their potential.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political Philosophy is that everyone has value.  My faith teaches me that if we embrace the opportunity to learn about others, help when needed, and listen for understanding, we grow individually and collectively.  Unity is powerful and it works.  The Democratic Party can be a beacon of light for all communities when we are not afraid to grow. 

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