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 and ran unopposed for a second term in 2018.  Sean served as Mayor in 2018.  He is a retired teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District where he taught at Heliotrope Elementary School for 21 years. He ran for city council to fix our roads, make our government more transparent, and to increase the economic vibrancy of our city.  Some of his accomplishments while in office are:

  • Increased the miles of roads fixed in Downey each year from 5 miles in 2014 to 15 miles in 2019
  • Held numerous Town Hall/Coffee with your Councilmember events
  • Voted for the largest infrastructure improvement program in the history of Downey
  • Developed a Rental Assistance Program to help those who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus
  • Balanced budget every year while on City Council

 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 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 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.  He has been married to his wife, Tammy, since 1993 and has three children Dmitri, Dylan, and Nolan.

Inter-Government Committees Boards, City Standing Subcommittees, Ad Hoc Subcommittees

  • Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
  • Regional Council Member (District 25)
  • Vice-Chair Audit Committee
  • Transportation Committee
  • Legislative/Communications and Membership Committee
  • Emerging Technologies Committee
  • Independent Cities Association (ICA)
  • President-Elect
  • Eco Rapid / Orange Line Development Authority
  • Secretary of the Board
  • Clean Power Alliance of Southern California (CPA)
  • Metro Gateway Cities Service Council
  • Gateway City Council of Governments (COG) - Executive Committee
  • Gateway City Council of Governments (COG) - I-710 EIR/EIRS Project Committee
  • League of California Cities, L.A. County
  • Southeast Water Coalition Joint Powers Board (SEWC)
  • Firefighters Memorial Project

Term in Office
December 2014 - November 2022

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