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San Mateo County Democratic PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Supervisorial District 3

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Brigid O'Farrell

11,720 votes (13.6%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Support Democratic candidates and issues at all levels
  • Represent an inclusive voice for democratic issues on the coastside
  • Raise and support issues of particular importance to women and to unions



Profession:Author, sociologist, labor historian
Affiliated Scholar, Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project (2001–current)
Independent Scholar, Self (2001–current)
Member, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2010–current)
President, Coastside Democrats — Elected position (2009–2014)
Project Director, Mills College (2011–2013)


Harvard University Masters of Eduction, Social Policy (current)
Kent State University BA, English, Political Science (current)

Community Activities

Voluteer, New Coastside Library Campaign (2015–current)
Delegate, National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981 (1996–current)
Member, National Tradeswomen Task Force (2012–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (5)

  • Assemply Member Kevin Mullin
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • Supervisor Don Horsley
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Candidate Statement


Why I'm running on the "Strong Dems Slate" for District 3

“Strong Dems Slate”

San Mateo Democratic Central Committee, District 3

Vote on June 7, 2016, Primary Election


Carole Dorshkind, Redwood City                                                Gregory Loew, Atherton

Cecily Harris, San Carlos                                                              Brigid O’Farrell, Moss Beach

Jon Levinson, San Carlos                                                               Pam Salvatierra, Menlo Park


Statement by Brigid O’Farrell


The “Strong Dems Slate” represents Democratic voters across District 3. We ensure continued local representation for the coastside as well as for the entire District 3 population, approximately 80% of which is located “over the hill” from the coast.  We ask for your vote in the June 7 Primary.


The mission of the SMCDCC is to develop and maintain ongoing support for Democratic candidates and issues by working with elected officials, clubs, coalition partners, and advocates. Each slate member is actively involved with endorsements, resolutions, phone banking, voter registration, precinct walking, fundraising, and California State Democratic Party business.


We know that coastside Democrats are concerned with a wide range of issues including health care, education, housing, jobs, traffic, parks, and the environment. As the incumbent coastside member for the past six years, I have raised these and other issues at SMCDCC meetings and events, as well as through club reports, resolutions, the endorsement process, and other coastside activities including joint efforts with the Pacifica-Daly City Democrats.  For example, I authored a resolution in support of the US Postal Service and USPS workers from the club level to adoption by the full California State Democratic Convention.


For five years as President of the Coastside Democrats Club, I focused on expanding the Club to include the full range of Democratic supporters and views.  We organized events for many candidates and elected officials to discuss issues with constituents, and included guests such as Senator Russ Feingold from Wisconsin to discuss campaign finance reform. During my tenure we registered over 1,000 voters.


Our slate works collaboratively with elected officials and has been endorsed by Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, State Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, and Supervisor Don Horsley.   


Summary information on each of our backgrounds is included as a separate attachment. Please feel free to contact me with questions or for more information:



   BRIGID O’FARRELL, Incumbent, SMCDCC, Moss Beach; author and labor historian, working collaboratively for Democratic candidates and issues from local precinct walking to national advocacy; past president Coastside Democratic Club; active member National Writers Union; currently on Committee for the New Coastside Library.

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