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California Board of EqualizationCandidate for Member, District 3

Photo of Micheál "Me-Haul" O'Leary

Micheál "Me-Haul" O'Leary

No Party Preference
Small Business Owner
43,084 votes (3.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I will bring an end to this era of fiscal mismanagement at the state level. Tax dollars will be accounted for! I will bring transparency & accountability to this office, like never before, from making my calendar public to clearly documenting work.
  • I will be a strong advocate for business and property owners across the district, making your tax obligations as pain-free as possible.
  • I will give constituents an easy-to-navigate path to my office, on & off-line, with responsive and responsible customer service along the way.



Profession:Small Business Owner, and former local Mayor
Owner, Joxer Daly's (1999–2017)
Member, Culver City City Council — Elected position (2008–2016)
Councilmember and Mayor, Culver City City Council — Elected position (2008–2016)
Owner, Corrigan's Irish Pub & Restaurant (2012–2015)


University College Dublin Agricultural Science (1987)

Community Activities

Member, Eagle Rock Athletic Club (1993–current)
Member, Celtic Arts Center (2017–current)
Member, Emerald Society (2015–current)
Member, California Restaurant Association (2013–2017)
Coach, American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) (2016–2016)



  1. 2-term Mayor of Culver City, and first Irish immigrant elected to its City Council
  2. Successfully managed an $85M city budget through the recession, preserving jobs and supporting economic development
  3. Regional influence as VP of both the League of CA Cities and Independent Cities Association
  4. Advocate for transit solutions as Board Member with Expo Light Rail, & Southern CA Assoc. of Governments Transportation Committee
  5. Trusted environmental advocate as Chair of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission
  6. Successful, restaurant-industry, small-business owner in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $69,860

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Micheál "Me-Haul" O'Leary
Employees of DUMMY FILMS
Gallagher's Pub & Grill
The Irish Times

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.74%)
Small contributions (0.26%)

By Type:

From organizations (2.30%)
From individuals (97.70%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Micheál O'Leary led the City of Culver City through the 2008 Recession, developing a reputation for being financially prudent with the City Budget, while managing to protect public sector jobs as well.  A small business owner himself for almost two decades in both LA and Ventura Counties, he has always sought to make government a friend, not an adversary, to the business community.

Over 8 years and two terms in office in Culver City, Micheál became known for his support of environmental measures, even serving as the Board Chair for the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.  Never one to sit idly by and not have a seat at the table, Micheál used his influence as Culver City Councilmember/Mayor to chime in on varous regional discussions, including critical public transit infrastructure conversations.

Always vocal about what would be "the RIGHT thing to do" and never willing to let integrity take a back seat, Micheál has long advocated for transparency in government, civil public discourse, and broader civic engagement.

Videos (3)

As a former pub owner himself, Micheál O'Leary describes how the rising minimum wage will negatively affect small businesses.

— April 17, 2018 Campaign

Micheál O'Leary discusses his frustration with the system making it difficult for the average voter to stay engaged.  In Culver City, for example, voters are asked to go to the polls on April 3rd, April 10th, and again on June 5th.

— April 17, 2018 Campaign Podcast

Micheál discusses the government shutdown, the exciting details for the upcoming Board of Equalization meeting, and an idea that might send a message to the dominant parties about the existence of a "middle".

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