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

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John McDowell

Small Business Owner
3,186 votes (8%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Building a county Republican Party that stands up and fights for our values.
  • When we consistently apply conservative values to the issues facing San Mateo County, provide strong leadership, and have a positive vision for the future, the Republican Party will win again.
  • Improving nuts and bolts of party building: Registering voters, recruiting and supporting candidates, using the latest campaign technology to turn out voters for an election.



Profession:Public relations. Early in my career I also worked in advertising and sports marketing.
Vice Chair, District of Columbia Corrections Information Council — Appointed position (2005–2008)


Darden School, University of Virginia MBA, Business (current)
Claremont McKenna College BA, Political Science and Philosophy (current)
University of Virgina, School of Continuing Education Certificate, Public Relations (2005)
The Darden School of the University of Virginia MBA, Business (1983)
Claremont McKenna College BA, Political Science and Philosophy (1979)

Community Activities

English tutor, Project READ, Redwood City, CA (2010–current)
President and board member, San Mateo County Fraternal Chapter, Thrivent (2008–2015)
President, Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association (2013–2015)
Director, Tutoring and Mentoring program, Reformation Lutheran Church, Washington, DC (1998–2009)
Vice Chair, Southeast Ministry (urban poverty alleviation) (2005–2009)


I grew up in San Carlos and graduated from San Carlos High School. Early in my career, I worked in advertising and marketing for several Fortune 500 firms, including Miller Brewing and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. I've also worked in local, state, and federal government, including time spent on Capitol Hill and as a Press Secretary at the U.S. Small Business Administration. More recently, I've consulted in strategic communications.

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