Endorsement: In 51st House district, Sara Jacobs has earned a return to Congress

Endorsement: In 51st House district, Sara Jacobs has earned a return to Congress

Sep 15th, 2022The San Diego Union-Tribune

Her savvy on foreign affairs and pioneering defense of reproductive rights shows California’s youngest House member has the right stuff

Two years after first being elected amid criticism of her family’s wealth and influence, Sara Jacobs — California’s youngest House member — is making her critics look bad. She is stepping out on her own, showing she’s the kind of member of Congress the country needs — not just because she’s a woman (only about 1 in 4 are) or a millennial (half the country is 38 or younger but just 5 percent of Congress is) but because she has a firm grasp on vital issues.

Jacobs’ grandfather is billionaire Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs. He and his wife, Joan, both generous, longtime Democratic donors and philanthropists, and the candidate herself, provided millions to her successful election to Congress in 2020 to what was then California’s 53rd Congressional District after a failed bid for the 49th Congressional District in 2018. Jacobs, then 31, won her first term despite put-downs from progressive groups that preferred City Council President Georgette Gómez.

The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board, while admiring much about Gómez, endorsed Jacobs in 2020 for a very simple reason: The young Democrat was clearly better prepared than her rival on most issues, especially on foreign policy and national security. Jacobs studied this field while earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Columbia University, then went on to work at the United Nations, UNICEF and the State Department. It was no surprise after her election when she became the only Democratic freshman to be chosen to serve on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Two years later — against the backdrop of Russia’s appalling February invasion of Ukraine and democracy struggling to survive in Hungary, Venezuela and Turkey — having Jacobs represent San Diego looks like a better idea than ever.

She’s also emerged as a champion on a budding domestic issue, introducing The My Body My Data Act to limit how much sexual health data that companies can collect, keep, utilize and disclose. Such information is now being gathered by applications that track periods and other personal data. As Jacob notes in interviews, vigilance on this issue is crucial in a world without Roe v. Wade.

In what’s now the 51st Congressional District, which includes Linda Vista, Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch, El Cajon and Lemon Grove, the Nov. 8 ballot pits Jacobs against Republican small business owner Stan Caplan. His deeply superficial conspiratorialism on Jan. 6, 2021, and climate change science, and his condescending references to Jacobs’ privacy work make him unfit for public office.

The Union-Tribune Editorial Board endorses Sara Jacobs for the 51st Congressional District.

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