Council Member Sean Ashton

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Portrait of Sean Ashton

Sean Ashton was elected to serve the residents of Downey in November of 2014. He is ateacher for Los Angeles Unified School District and has taught at Heliotrope Elementary School for the past 20 years. At Heliotrope, Sean has served on the School Based Management/ School Site Council, Student Council Committee, and the Literacy Committee. He volunteers with the Heliotrope PTA by supervising after school activities and collecting box tops for Box Tops 4 Education. Sean has also represented the teachers at Heliotrope as either the chapter chair or vice chair for United Teachers of Los Angeles since 2001.

Sean believes in volunteering with local groups to help make the community a better place to live. Some of the organizations that he has volunteered for are:

  • Keep Downey Beautiful – 2005 to present (Sean was Volunteer of the Year for KDB in 2011)
  • Stauffer (West) Middle School (Auditor) – 2008 to 2010
  • Imperial Elementary School PTA (Auditor) -2009 to 2011
  • Old River Elementary School PTA (Auditor) - 2011 to 2013
  • Downey Council PTA (Auditor) - 2011 to 2013
  • Warren High School PAST (Treasurer) - 2012 to 2014
  • West Downey Little League (Coach/Manager) - 2011 to 2014

Sean has also served as a commissioner on Downey’s Green Task Force from 2011 to 2014. He was twice elected as chairperson of the Green Task Force by the other commissioners. While on the Green Task Force, some of the items Sean worked on were helping to pass an ordinance to prohibit the use of Styrofoam products at all city functions, working on a drought tolerant landscaping guide, and volunteering at Kid’s Day in conjunction with Keep Downey Beautiful.

Sean Ashton believes that Downey needs to improve the quality of life for residents. This can be achieved by focusing on:

  • Public Safety- Downey needs to keep its police and fire departments as local entities
  • Quality Jobs- Families should not have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet
  • Improving the Infrastructure- A poor infrastructure means fewer quality jobs and more time away from family
  • Volunteerism- We as a society cannot wait for issues to be taken care of, we need to do what we can to make Downey a better place

Sean has lived and worked in Downey since 1992. Sean has been married to his wife, Tammy, since 1993 and has three children Tiffany, Dylan, and Nolan.

Downey City Council Inter-Government Committees

  • California Contract Cities Assn. Board (CCCA)
  • Gateway City Council of Governments (COG) - Executive Committee
  • Gateway City Council of Governments (COG) - Sustainability
  • Gateway Cities SR-91/I-605 Corridor Cities Committee
  • Independent Cities Association (ICA), Secretary
  • League of California Cities, L.A. County appointed to Transportation, Communication, and Public Works Policy Committee
  • Eco Rapid / Orange Line Development Authority
  • Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council and Transportation Committee

Downey City Council Sub-Committees

  • Columbia Memorial Space Center Learning Center Foundation
  • Rancho Los Amigos Property
  • Wall of Fame
  • Good Governance
  • Ad-Hoc - Website Committee

Term in Office
November 2014 - November 2018

Downey City Hall
City Council Office
11111 Brookshire Ave
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 904-7274
sashton@downeyca.org