Sara Jacobs, running for an open seat in the San Diego area, is a foreign policy expert who will bring her expertise and leadership to the House next year. She has worked in policy positions at the U.S. State Department, UNICEF, and the United Nations and holds a Master of International Affairs degree in International Security Policy and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University.
Her talents are many: In 2018, Jacobs founded San Diego for Every Child: The Coalition to End Child Poverty. She has also dedicated much of her time and energy to electing a new generation of leaders — women, young people, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented communities.
She faces a tough contest against another Democratic candidate; California’s primary system allows the top two primary candidates to advance to the general election regardless of party. The Council supports Jacobs because of her deep knowledge of Council issues and her support for the Iran nuclear agreement, which her opponent opposes. The contest is unpredictable; Jacobs finished first in the primary with 29% of the vote in a multi-candidate field.
She has written: “In 2021, we will have a very unique opportunity to rebuild our foreign policy and national security architecture after Donald Trump’s complete decimation of it. That means re-entering the Paris Climate Accords and treating climate change with the urgency it deserves, rebuilding and funding our State Department and USAID, and re-focusing our Defense Department to the threats of the future, instead of fighting yesterday’s wars.”