Sara Jacobs running for 53rd Congressional District seat

Sara Jacobs running for 53rd Congressional District seat

Sep 7th, 2019The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO —  San Diego policy adviser Sara Jacobs announced via social media Saturday her candidacy for California’s 53rd Congressional District, a seat soon to be vacated by Rep. Susan Davis, a fellow Democrat.
“This is an all-hands-on-deck time,” Jacobs, 30, said. “Our country is at a defining moment, and I believe it’s more important than ever to have representatives who understand the federal government, can repair what’s been broken by the Trump administration and years of dysfunction in Washington, and who have a forward-looking vision for a more equitable future.”

Jacobs is a scholar in residence at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego, where she focuses on 21st century governance and institutional reform challenges.

According to her campaign website, Jacobs served in policy positions at the U.S. State Department during the Obama administration, UNICEF, and the United Nations. She also served as a policy adviser to Secretary Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign.

In 2018 Jacobs one was one of many Democrats in a crowded field running in the 49th District race. Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, advanced to the runoff and beat Diane Harkey, replacing Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, who chose not to seek re-election.

The 53rd District includes communities just north of Interstate 8 from Linda Vista to El Cajon, and areas south of the freeway including Mission Hills, areas surrounding Balboa Park, parts of Mid-City, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, and parts of Chula Vista.

“Last year, we showed that San Diego was ready for a new generation of leadership in Congress,” Jacobs said during her announcement. “Although we came up short, I am proud of the hundreds of organizers and volunteers who made up our campaign and shared our vision for how we could do things differently. More than ever, I believe that we need leaders in Washington who won’t settle for the way things have always been done, and will fight for bold policy ideas like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal.”

Davis’ surprise announcement a few days ago that she would not seek another term in Congress has suddenly opened up a race nobody saw being in play in 2020. Jacobs joins two other previously announced Democratic candidates — policy adviser Joaquin Vasquez and Navy veteran Joe Caballero — with more likely to follow.

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