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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de San CarlosCandidato para Consejo Municipal

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Sara McDowell

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9,624 votos (26.86%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Preserve the characteristics that make San Carlos so unique. Protect our public safety resources and update our aging park facilities and infrastructure.
  • Drive a hard bargain with developers to provide strong community benefits that positively impact San Carlos.
  • Address parking and traffic concerns. Repair our roads and expand our bike lanes and safe routes to school.



A Northern California native, I graduated with a B.A. from UC Davis. I began my professional career in the private sector working for import/export companies and while traveling abroad in this capacity, I developed a deep interest in the intersection of business and public policy. In 2001 my husband and I moved to Washington, DC. While studying for my Master’s Degree in International Affairs at The George Washington University, I worked in the office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, in the State Department’s Policy Planning Office, and for Mack McLarty (former Clinton White House Chief of Staff) and his firm McLarty Associates. 

Upon graduation, I was accepted into the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program. I worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce and led implementation of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement. My work in the federal government taught me how to effectively navigate bureaucracy, build coalitions, and achieve results that address the needs of everyday people.  

After seven years in Washington, DC, my husband Greg and I returned to the Bay Area to raise our children, now ages 9 and 12. Since then, I’ve been deeply involved in our community. Not long after moving to San Carlos in 2010, I was able to successfully lobby City officials to create a four-way stop at the intersection of Howard and Dayton Avenues to ensure community safety.

San Carlos Economic Development Commission 

For the last two years I have served as a Commissioner for the San Carlos Economic Development Advisory Commission (EDAC).  As Chair, I initiated a business outreach program which brought together City officials and businesses to better address the needs of local companies. 

Leadership in the San Carlos Schools

I led the Brittan Acres Walk-A-Jog fundraiser for three years, raising over $50,000 annually for the PTA. I then joined the San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF) as a Board member, working to ensure that essential programs in music, PE, science, and technology are fully funded for all our public schools.

My Goals as a Council Member

San Carlos and neighboring cities are facing a period of unprecedented growth. I will take a proactive approach to ensure public safety resources are protected, development projects include benefits that positively impact San Carlos, and parking and traffic concerns are addressed.  I will also focus on repairing our roads, expanding our bike lanes and safe routes to school, and updating our aging park facilities.  As a former international trade professional, I want to put my background in public policy and government to work for San Carlos.  I will actively solicit public feedback and I will work hard to ensure that as our community grows, the characteristics that make San Carlos unique are preserved.     


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