About Omar

Omar Passons is a local leader, and a lifetime San Diegan, who works every day to improve neighborhoods, to create opportunity for youth, and to make our business community more successful, more progressive, and more uniquely San Diego.

Omar’s Story

A Former Foster Child

Omar was born in San Diego, 10 weeks premature, and he wouldn’t be here today without the support of a strong community and this County.  With his birth mother unable to care for him, Omar grew up with over 100 foster brothers and sisters in Clairemont and Lemon Grove, playing Little League at Mt. Acadia Park and attending Encanto Elementary School in Southeastern San Diego, where he met his childhood sweetheart Erin, whom he would eventually marry.

A Public Health Background

Omar is not a Sacramento insider, and he is not a career politician – Omar is a homegrown leader with a lifelong commitment to serving our community.  Omar has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and evaluated public health and social service programs – nearly one-third of the County’s budget is health and social services. While in college, Omar worked as an in-home healthcare aide for the developmentally disabled and as a Certified Nurses Aide at a Veterans Administration Medical Center.

A Progressive Business & Community Leader

Omar has spent the last decade working to stimulate and foster local businesses, including the craft beer community and provide workers with a path to advancing their dreams and careers. As a land use attorney, he has also seen firsthand that progressive change on affordable housing and green building practices go hand-in-hand with creating jobs and boosting our economy.

A Neighborhood Fixture

Omar and his wife Erin live in the North Park neighborhood, where Omar served on the Board of the North Park Community Association for 10 years, including two as its President. Omar is a board member of the San Diego Workforce Partnership, CDC Small Business Finance and the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation and a member of the La Jolla/Pacific Beach Indivisible chapter.

Omar's Support

Community Leaders

Linda Katz

Civic/Social Activist
“I am a proud supporter for Omar Passons for County Supervisor in the 4th District. Omar will work to ensure everyone in the San Diego region has the opportunity to achieve. Omar will work to keep our communities safe, thriving, and affordable. Omar is a community advocate, a local business leader, a tireless advocate for San Diego and deeply committed to making our community work for everyone.”

Francine Maxwell

Educational Activist
“I support Omar because he has an unwavering dedication to all underserved youth and families. He knows that anyone given a true chance in life can thrive and he has a proven track record of helping people and connecting them to needed support. Omar will bring much needed drive, passion and hard work to the 4th District County Supervisor's office.”

Edwin Lohr

Former President, North Park Community Association
“I have known Omar for more than a decade as a dedicated leader in North Park from community organizing to helping improve all of our neighborhoods. Omar has compassion and integrity and really will be a great Supervisor.”

Business Leaders

Dave Gatzke

Long-Time Real Estate Professional
“For me, Omar Passons is that person that you always wish would run for office because he has unwavering integrity and a deep understanding about what our neighborhood and county need. His commitment to children and seniors extends to my area of passion -- attainable housing for all...”

Ginger Hitzke

Affordable Housing Developer
“As an affordable housing developer, I want to see leadership that listens and understands how important the need is. Omar Passons has been fighting for affordable homes in our region and supporting these efforts for years and his skills and experience make him the best choice to be the next addition to the County Board of Supervisors.”

Jean Walcher

Business Owner
“Omar walks the walk he talks about: He is passionate about helping our community, inspired by his own challenging experiences as a child raised within the foster care system, and demonstrates this through his work with organizations such as United Way, Voices for Children and Rachel’s Women’s Center. With a background as a land use and construction attorney, Omar is the only candidate in this race with significant experience in the private sector. For starters, I see Omar as the right candidate to lead us through our housing and homelessness crises in this region.”

Advocates for Youth

Laura Kohn

Community Advocate for Early Education & PK-12 grade
“After working side-by-side with Omar on several projects, I can testify that he acts from both the head and the heart - what makes sense and what matters. He brings innate, unshakable integrity to anything he does. And he is not afraid to speak truth to power, but does so with grace, persistence and a lawyer’s instinct for how best to make a successful argument. Our county needs Omar now.”

Vernon Moore

Educational Administrator
“Over ten years ago, I first met Omar when I was a principal and he was a community leader advocating for the residents and businesses of his neighborhood. His support was invaluable to the successful opening of ALBA Community Day School in North Park. Over a decade later, Omar has consistently demonstrated incredible leadership, character and integrity by continuing to advocate for communities, for education and for opportunities for all. I am proud to support Omar Passons for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.”

Heather Lattimer

Professor of Education
“Omar is a passionate advocate for children, youth, and families in San Diego. He is committed to making a meaningful difference in creating opportunity for the next generation.”

LGBTQ Leaders

Anne Wilson

Affordable Housing Advocate
“Omar will bring strong private sector business experience to the job of Supervisor. He understands how to provide more opportunities for homeowners and affordable apartments AND he understands the county's role in healthcare, senior and youth services. Few candidates bring this hands-on experience.”

John Tedstrom

Business Consultant
“Omar Passons will be San Diego's Supervisor for the LGBTQ community. His core values of fairness, equality and inclusion have guided him since his youth and his commitment to standing up for queer people in San Diego is authentic. Omar knows first hand how smart, fair and inclusive governments can change lives for the better. He doesn’t put his finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing. With Omar we’ll have a Supervisor that LGBTQ San Deigans can trust and be proud of.”

Maureen Steiner

Former Chair, San Diego County Democratic Party
“Let me be completely transparent here: I have known Omar in a few different capacities now and haven't always agreed with him on everything. But I am supporting Omar as a candidate for Board of Supervisors because I believe he is actually the MODEL candidate for this job! Omar's life experiences, Omar's passion for the issues that are handled by the supervisors, Omar's overall intelligence and thoughtfulness are EXACTLY what I would want to see on the board. I endorse him without hesitation or exception.”

Chefs & Brewers

Joanne Sherif

Small Business Owner
“I am a small business owner/resident of North Park. I really can't remember if I first met Omar at my cafe, a Bird Park Concert or at a North Park Community Association meeting. I do know that he is woven into the fabric of North Park and greater San Diego as a volunteer, a supporter of small business, and a neighbor. He cares deeply about the quality of life of our children, homeless individuals and Seniors. He has worked hard to support a livable, walkable,& bikable community and he has the character, fortitude and experience to create a better San Diego. We can depend on him to take a fresh look at the issues facing our county and do the work to create solutions needed now and into the future. Omar has been there for us and I know he'll show up for you too.”

Douglas Constantiner

Co-Founder Societe Brewing Co.
“Omar understands the hard work and risks that small business owners must take to succeed. He sees the economic impact of San Diego's craft beer industry. I support Omar Passons because his combination of private sector experience and compassion makes him the right person to be the next County Supervisor.”

Hanis Cavin

Co-Founder Carnitas Snack Shack
“I believe in Omar Passons. He has been great helping raise money for back of house staff, he cares about the community and understands the pressures small business owners face. He is the best choice to be our next County Supervisor.”

Woman Leaders

Sarah Dolgen Shaftel

Women's Rights Advocate
“I am proudly supporting Omar Passons because of his commitment to the children of San Diego. Omar knows first hand how vital it is that we put our children’s education first. His commitment to setting our local children up for success is unique and genuine. Omar is a loud and proud ally to and for women. He cares and values what women have to say. He shows up and stands up for and with us. Once elected, Omar will lead not just intelligence but with heart. This is the change we need to see for our city and in our country.”

N. Diane Moss

Co-Founder Project New Village
“I support Omar's campaign because I know him to be a smart and honest person with the courage and commitment to address issues that are important to me. Omar's campaign has prioritized the well-being of the most vulnerable of humankind; and equitable access and use of public resources. Also, close to my heart, is the issue of community food sovereignty. I trust that he will represent me and my interests in the public arena; and I know he will be an excellent public servant-leader in San Diego County for the greater good.”

Laurie Black

Civic Leader
“Omar Passons is a community leader whose visionary leadership creates other leaders, not followers. He has the capacity to translate his vision for San Diego County into a reality for everyone from infants to seniors. The implementation of his #Housing4All and #StrongStarts4All plans would be positive fundamental change throughout San Diego County. We need Omar's heart in government!”