Daly was born and raised in the 69th District. He first sought elective office in 1986, winning election to the Board of Trustees of the Anaheim Union High School District. Since that victory, Daly has won eight consecutive elections, including serving as Mayor of Anaheim from 1992-2002 and Orange County Clerk-Recorder from 2002-2012.
When elected two years ago, Daly promised to clean up and improve state government. The state's budget is now balanced, with a growing surplus. Landmark education reform means more funding for schools, especially for students in Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Garden Grove . And the state is paying down our debts and building a genuine reserve.
Daly has received statewide recognition for my leadership in making the state bureaucracy more accountable and responsive to citizens. Now, veterans will better obtain the benefits they deserve. Routine paperwork for new businesses will be processed in a matter of days, not weeks.
Last year, Daly led the successful passage of a bill that enables an innovative, cost-savings approach to the $1.3 billion widening of Interstate 405 in Orange County. The Orange County Transportation Authority says this new law will save Orange County taxpayers approximately $100 million and speed up the project completion date by two to three years. Already, other regional transportation agencies have embraced this new law, leading to massive savings for taxpayers across the state.
Orange County Clerk-Recorder, 2002-2012
Elected to the position of Orange County Clerk-Recorder by a countywide vote in November 2002, Tom Daly was re-elected in June 2006 and June 2010. His department was responsible for examining and recording documents dealing with real estate transactions. He also managed the processing and safekeeping of birth and death certificates, as well as marriage licenses for Orange County residents.
Under his leadership as Clerk-Recorder, the department has:
- Opened branch offices in historic downtown Fullerton and Laguna Hills Civic Center, providing more convenient service and free parking to residents in North and South County;
- Reopened the Orange County Archives, helping safeguard valuable historic materials;
- Achieved a milestone by recording five million electronically recorded documents since the implementation of Orange County’s innovative Electronic Recording System;
- Implemented a computer-based Electronic Marriage License Application System, reducing customer’s application times for obtaining a marriage license from twenty minutes to five minutes;
- Added an Internet Application Appointment System, allowing customers to apply for copies of birth, death, and marriage certificates and schedule appointments from their home or office.
Mayor of Anaheim, 1992-2002
From 1992-2002, Daly served as the directly elected Mayor of the City of Anaheim, the tenth largest city in California. Prior to serving as Mayor, Daly served four years on the Anaheim City Council and three years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Anaheim Union High School District.
Under his leadership, the City of Anaheim accomplished the following projects and programs:
- Renovated the Anaheim Resort area, which includes the Disneyland Resort, 15,000 hotel rooms and employment for 40,000 people;
- Opened the Halcyon homeless shelter for families with children;
- Rebuilt Angel Stadium, home to the 2002 World Champion Anaheim Angels professional baseball team;
- Constructed the Honda Center, a sports and entertainment arena;
- Repealed an unpopular citywide utility tax;
- Expanded and improved the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest such facility on the West Coast;
- Developed eight new city parks;
- Launched the Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim, a non-profit organization that inspires and enables young people to realize their full potential;
- Lowered the city’s crime rate by increasing the number of police officers and supporting neighborhood policing throughout the city;
- Built the Anaheim Downtown Community Center and Gymnasium;
- Initiated plans for the design and construction of the West Anaheim Police Station and Community Center;
- Established higher standards for citywide planning and land development;
- Championed a citywide program for the undergrounding of overhead electrical power lines (to date, 78 miles of power lines have been converted to underground lines);
- Founded the After School Fund to provide sports, music and other activities at school campuses; and
- Created the Anaheim Colony Historic District with tax incentives for owners who maintain historic homes.
While Mayor, Daly also served on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Transportation Authority, where he helped oversee a $3 billion dollar improvement program for road and transit projects in every community in Orange County.
A native of Orange County, Daly was born in 1954. He is a graduate of Anaheim High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1976. Daly has three children and resides in Anaheim with his wife, Debbie.
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