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City of San BrunoCandidate for City Council

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Tom Hamilton

Planning Commissioner
6,624 votes (21.08%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Bring the ideals I've demonstrated as Planning Commissioner to approve respectful development that adds desperately needed housing while minimizing impacts on our neighborhoods.
  • Enact my simple, detailed plan to immediately begin revitalizing our downtown. Full details at
  • Expand the city's communication efforts so that all residents are properly informed of projects and receive timely responses to their questions. Provide a means for any resident to subscribe to specific projects and receive updates by email.



Profession:IT Director / Planning Commissioner
IT Director, IQVIA, formerly IMS Health, formerly Strategic Decisions Group (1994–current)
Planning Commissioner, City of San Bruno — Appointed position (2019–current)
Member and Chair, Traffic Safety and Parking Committee, City of San Bruno — Appointed position (2007–2019)


San Francisco State University Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration, Marketing (1991)

Community Activities

Volunteer, Second Harvest Food Bank (2019–current)
Volunteer, American Legion (2019–current)


My parents Lil and Dale Hamilton moved from San Francisco to San Bruno in 1964, and purchased a house in the recently completed Crestmoor 3 development. I was born here in San Bruno and educated in the San Bruno Park school district. I received my Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University, and entered the IT industry. I worked my way up in the same organization for 25 years to the Director position I hold today, designing operations and finance processes in a large and complex healthcare organization, managing a team of 28 talented analysts.

At the turn of the millennium I met my amazing wife Karen, and we returned to San Bruno in 2005 where we are now raising our own family, in that same house on Crestmoor Drive.

After returning to San Bruno I wanted to start giving back. In 2007 I volunteered for and was appointed to the Traffic, Safety & Parking Committee, where I served as a committee member and chairperson for 12 years. In 2019, I was appointed to the Planning Commission, where I serve today.

My years of experience have given me ample insight into how San Bruno government works, and, more importantly, where we must innovate and improve. This experience means that, if elected, I will be ready to contribute on Day 1 and collaborate with my council colleagues and City staff to get things done.

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (3)

  • Marty Medina, San Bruno City Council Member
  • Linda Mason, San Bruno City Council Member
  • Michael Brownrigg, Burlingame City Council Member

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe in representative democracy in the literal sense. If elected, my job would be to represent the needs and values of all of the people I represent, whether they voted for me, for my opponent, or didn't vote at all. I also believe that as an elected official I will need to have enough humility to recognize that I won’t always have the right answer, and won’t always be able to get majority support for my ideas, and that’s okay. Working collaboratively with colleagues and staff on policy that helps the majority of San Bruno will always be the focus.

Videos (1)

Meet Tom Hamilton, September 18, 2020 — October 2, 2020 Tom Hamilton

This community meet-the-candidate forum took place on September 18, 2020. In it we walk through my positions on the various issues we face in San Bruno.

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