A champion for Southern California families
Sara Jacobs is running for Congress because we need new, fresh ideas to close the opportunity gap facing Southern California families. She grew up in California’s 49th District, where she attended local public schools before going on to earn both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University. Sara has dedicated her career to finding innovative solutions to some of the most complex problems facing us today, and has served as a policy advisor working for the State Department under President Obama, at the United Nations, at UNICEF, and at Hillary for America. A nonprofit leader, Sara has most recently served as CEO of an organization focused on measuring and expanding students’ access to the internet and improving education around the world. She lives in Encinitas, right by her parents, grandparents, siblings, and many aunts and uncles, and she is proud to serve the Southern California community she calls home.
An experienced innovator fighting to expand opportunity
Sara is an experienced problem solver and policy expert dedicated to working on the issues that close the opportunity gap — creating good paying jobs, strengthening public schools so we educate our children for a changing economy, and addressing rising costs associated with housing, healthcare, and college. She also knows that access to opportunity goes beyond economics, and includes having a voice in the government that is supposed to represent you. “If we’re going to change the way power is wielded in this country, we need to change the face of power in this country,” Sara has said. After the 2016 election, Sara was inspired to continue her lifelong career of service by running for office for the first time — and she is stepping up to be the champion her community needs fighting for them in Congress. She is a fierce advocate for expanding access to affordable health care for families in Southern California, and when elected she will fight back against Republicans’ attempts to undo the progress we have worked so hard to make. To Sara, the best part of Southern California is the people who live there — innovators who are developing cutting edge medical treatments, inventing new products, and starting businesses that change the way people live. When elected, she will tackle the toughest problems facing Southern California families and fight tirelessly on their behalf.
An opportunity to flip an open swing seat from red to blue
Sara is running for the open seat currently held by Republican Congressman Darrell Issa — an extremist who announced his decision not to seek reelection shortly after Sara stepped up to take him on and hold him accountable for his record of failure. Our path to taking back the House runs straight through this district, where Hillary Clinton outperformed Donald Trump by more than seven points and Issa won by a razor-thin margin in 2016. Sara is a dynamic leader running a strong campaign in this Southern California community where she grew up and has deep roots — and she is the only candidate who has what it takes to take on the GOP in this must-win fight. If we are going to win back this district, it is going to be because women show up to the polls. Let’s show Sara the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help her flip this seat, give Southern California families a new champion in Washington, and take back the House.