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City of San RafaelCandidate for Council Member, Council District 4

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John A. Gamblin

2,001 votes (26.27%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Finance & Economic Development: The COVID pandemic has wreaked havoc on local budgets, with my extensive background in finance I will address the challenges head on with thoughtful, deliberative and innovative solutions.
  • Housing: In my six years on the Council, I have been a vocal advocate for addressing the housing needs in San Rafael. I believe the allocation and affordability mix of the City's housing goals should be shared equally by all districts.
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Equity: A thriving and healthy community is a direct reflection of the diversity of its residents. We need to take an aggressive approach to address our shortcomings and work together for a better San Rafael.



A native Californian, born and raised in the Bay Area, John has spent over 30 years in Marin County, with the last 13 as a resident of San Rafael.

In 1979, John moved with his family from the East Bay to West Marin, and attended public schools in Novato. As a member of Novato High School’s class of 1986, John played varsity football, soccer, ran for the varsity track team, was the Squadron Commander of the Air Force Junior ROTC unit, and a life member of the Honor Society. 

While at the University of California, Irvine, John was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, and rowed on the university’s crew team. John graduated from UCI in 1990 with a BA in Political Science. 

After college, John returned to Marin County and began his career working in downtown San Rafael as a personal financial officer for Beneficial Finance. A few years later, John began working at Wells Fargo Bank. Currently, John is a Senior Vice-President/Wealth Advisor, and a Certified Financial Planning Professional, ©CFP within their Wealth Management Group. In November, John will be celebrating his 26th year anniversary with Wells Fargo.

While he was working full time and raising his family, he continued his educational and professional development by earning his MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, obtaining his Series 7 General Securities Representative designation, the NASAA Series 66 Designation, a certificate in Personal Financial Planning from UCI, and his license as a California life insurance agent.

On the personal side, John and his wife, Lisa, moved to San Rafael in 2007 with their daughter, Sarah, who is a 2013 graduate of Marin Catholic, 2017 graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as a theater major with a minor in history, and in May of 2020 received her Juris Doctor from University of California Hastings College of the Law. Their son Ryan will be starting sixth grade at St. Isabella School in August. Their 3-year-old Australian Shepherd Flynn rounds out the family and keeps everyone in line like a good shepherd does.

Prior to his tenure on the San Rafael City Council, John’s community involvement included service as a Commissioner on the San Rafael Parks and Recreation Commission from 2013 to 2014. From 2007 through 2014, he served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Family and Children’s Law Center in San Rafael, a non-profit organization that provides low-cost legal services to families and children dealing with child abuse, domestic violence and custody issues. John has volunteered as a coach with the Miller Creek Youth Soccer, Next Level Flag Football. John is also a board member and coach for Gallinas Valley Little League Baseball.

John’s vision for San Rafael is for it to be a city that is embraced by its citizens and visitors as a welcoming and thriving destination for all those seeking the opportunity to live, work, or start a business in a community that cares for its members.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • San Rafael Chamber of Commerce
  • Marin Builders Association
  • North Bay Leadership Council

Elected Officials (5)

  • Mayor Gary Philips
  • Vice-Mayor Kate Colin
  • Councilmember Maribeth Bushey
  • Councilmember Andrew McCullough
  • Former Mayor Albert Boro

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