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City of San MateoCandidate for City Council

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Amourence Lee

Appointed Councilwoman
23,701 votes (34.65%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protect our public health, safety, and economic vibrancy
  • Build affordable housing, sustainable transit and infrastructure
  • Listen and co-create a vision for growth that respects our history, diversity, and neighborhoods.



Profession:San Mateo City Councilwoman
City Council Member, City of San Mateo (2019–current)
Vice Chair, San Mateo General Plan Subcommittee — Appointed position (2018–2019)
Vice Chair, San Mateo Parks & Recreation Commission — Appointed position (2018–2019)


Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs Master of International Affairs, International Health & Human Rights (2006)
New School University, Eugene Lang College Bachelor of Arts, Cultural Studies (2000)

Community Activities

Board Member & Former President, Home Association of North Central San Mateo (HANCSM) (2017–current)
Current Member & Former Board Member, College Park Elementary School PTA (2015–current)


11 years ago, we found our forever home and started our family in San Mateo. As your Councilwoman, I am working every day to build a future for all of us, without sacrificing what makes our City so special. We face generational social and economic challenges. Too many San Mateans are being left behind, priced out and excluded from our governance. In this moment more than ever, we need experienced leadership with proven ability to bring people together at City Hall to protect the safety, vibrancy and diversity of our community. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • The San Mateo Daily Journal
  • Jerry Hill, Senator & Former San Mateo Mayor
  • Joe Goethals, Mayor City of San Mateo

Organizations (20)

  • California Democratic Renters Council
  • Sierra Club California
  • DemFems Silicon Valley
  • San Mateo County Stonewall Democratic Club
  • National Women's Political Caucus of Silicon Valley
  • Peninsula Neighbors for Housing Coalition
  • The San Mateo Daily Journal
  • Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte
  • Northern Peninsula Democratic Club
  • San Mateo County LatinX Democratic Club
  • San Mateo County Democratic Party
  • San Mateo County Asian Pacific Islander Caucus
  • San Mateo Police Officers' Association
  • San Mateo County Central Labor Council
  • Peninsula Young Democrats
  • Peninsula for Everyone
  • Int'l Association of Firefighters Local 2400, San Mateo Consolidated Firefighters
  • Filipino American Democratic Club of San Mateo County

Elected Officials (34)

  • Dave Pine, San Mateo County Supervisor, District 1
  • Kevin Mullin, CA Assembly Speaker Pro Tem
  • Marc Berman, CA Assemblymember, District 24
  • Don Horsley, San Mateo County Supervisor, District 3
  • Dave Mandelkern, SMC College District Board Trustee
  • Rod Hsiao, San Mateo County Office of Education Board Trustee
  • Sam Hindi, Former Mayor of Foster City
  • Emily Beach, Mayor of Burlingame
  • Warren Lieberman, Mayor of Belmont
  • Cliff Lentz, Former Mayor Brisbane City Council
  • Jeff Gee, Former Mayor Redwood City
  • Mark Nagales, South San Francisco City Council
  • Sara McDowell, San Carlos City Council
  • Glen Sylvester, Vice Mayor of Daly City
  • Juslyn C. Manalo, Former Mayor Daly City
  • Tom Mohr, Former SMC College District Board Trustee
  • David Canepa, San Mateo County Supervisor, District 5
  • Rick Bonilla, Councilmember & Former Mayor City of San Mateo
  • Noelia Corzo, President SMFCSD Board
  • Shara Watkins, Former President SMFCSD Board
  • Ken Chin, SMFCSD Board Trustee
  • Rebecca Hitchcock, SMFCSD Board Trustee
  • Alison Proctor, SMFCSD Board Trustee
  • Nancy Kohn Hsieh, Former President SMFCSD Board
  • Audrey Ng, Former President SMFCSD Board
  • Bob Griffin, Vice President SMUHD Board
  • Carlos G. Bolanos, Sheriff of San Mateo County
  • Juan Raigoza, San Mateo County Controller
  • Wayne Lee, Former Mayor Millbrae
  • Marie Chuang, Former Mayor Hillsborough
  • Ned Fluet, Mayor Woodside
  • Lucas Ramirez, Mountain View City Council
  • Carlos Romero, East Palo Alto City Council
  • Frederick Arn Hansson, Former City Councilmember

Individuals (52)

  • Kelly Moran, President of the Bay Meadows Neighborhood Alliance
  • Rev. Lorrie Owens, President NAACP San Mateo Chapter
  • Bill Schildknecht, Founder San Mateo Grow
  • Rick Sakuda, Marina Lagoon Action Committee & Neighborhood Watch Board
  • Karla Rodriguez, SMC Office of Education & SMFCSD Equity Taskforce
  • Minerva Pulido, Owner of Mi Rancho Supermarket
  • Melissa Platte, Executive Director Mental Health Association of SMC
  • Ginny Marans, Saint Vincent de Paul
  • Alexis Lewis, Corresponding Secretary SMCDEMS
  • Amy Koo, President Asian Pacific Islander School Board Member Association
  • Gene Klein, CEO Barker Blue
  • Darren Kelley, Chair San Mateo Police Activities League
  • Jon Jacobo, Founder ¡Vota Ya! California
  • Nickie Irvine, Founder SMC Bee Keepers' Guild
  • Heather Hopkins, Organizing Member Community Equity Collaborative
  • Sophia Heath, President & Founder Coalition Z San Mateo Chapter
  • Bill Schulte, SMC Sustainability Board
  • Doug Silverstein, Founder Green San Mateo County
  • Ben Toy, Former SMUHA President
  • Adam Nugent, President HANCSM
  • Ligia Andrade Zuniga, Council Member CA Independent Living Council
  • Nancy Yarbrough, Brady United SMC Chapter
  • Kelly Traver, Policy Lead for Moms Demand Action
  • Libby Traubman, Jewish Palestinian Living Room Dialogue
  • Wes Taoka, Director of Japanese American Community Center
  • Alan Talansky, Policy Chair San Mateo Chamber of Commerce
  • Cheryl Strewsbery, Former Preschool Director Child Development Centers
  • Adam Simpson, Owner Wursthall
  • Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Adolescent Health Research & Policy Professor
  • Rev. Jorge Perry Bautista, Congregational Church of San Mateo
  • Rev. Penny Nixon, Congregational Church of San Mateo
  • Rev. Terri Echelbarger, Metropolitan Community Church
  • Robert Anderson, Retired Police Officer & PAL Board
  • Gloria Brown, Bay Area Community Health Initiative
  • Mike Caggiano, President San Mateo Peace Action Committee
  • Steve Carey, LifeMoves
  • Joseph Cotchett, Founding Partner Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
  • Lew Cohen, Owner B Street Books & President Downtown Business Association
  • Marie Davis, Former President NAACP San Mateo Chapter
  • Donna Divodi, Former Citywide Volunteer Coordinator & Neighborhood Watch Board
  • Rev. Henry Adams, San Mateo Buddhist Temple
  • Melodie Lew, Former Commission on Aging & OCA President
  • Mike Etheridge, Chair of the Planning Commission
  • Adam Loraine, Sustainability & Infrastructure Commission
  • Chris Massey, Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Chris Hsiung, Community Relations Commission
  • Don Hill, Library Board & Former Aragon High School Teacher
  • Rich Hedges, Measure S Oversight Committee & Neighborhood Watch Board
  • Monika Lee, Senior Commission
  • Harini Krishnan, Art Commission
  • Judy Bloom, Founding member of the Commission on the Status of Women
  • Tim Doyle, Director San Mateo Adult School

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a mother, nonprofit executive, and successful businesswoman, I have dedicated my life to creating healthy communities and families. I have extensive training in public policy and public health from Columbia University, combined with a 15+ year career building strong organizations and communities. Since 2019, I have had the privilege and honor to serve on the City Council representing you and championing our values of inclusivity, prosperity and resilience.

In the community and in City Hall I have demonstrated integrity and impact. I stand on my record and our community stands with me because I am always on the side of San Mateo. I humbly ask for your vote this November, together we can build bridges that will bring us together and forward!  

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Why I Serve — September 2, 2020

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