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San Mateo County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Supervisorial District 2

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Nancy Yarbrough

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Working to elect and support the best Democratic candidates locally and nationally.
  • Work closely with elected officials to enact meaningful legislation to keep San Mateo County a safe, wonderful place to live.
  • Building bridges across the divisions that separate so many Americans divided by race, gender, orientation, age, or economic inequality.



Profession:Community Activist
San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee Member, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee, Region 2 — Elected position (2008–current)
Controller, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2015–current)
Chairperson, AD 19 Democratic Committee — Elected position (2004–2006)


College of San Mateo Electronics Engineering (current)

Community Activities

Chapter Leader, Brady United to Prevent Gun Violence (2017–current)
Rescue, San Francisco Bay Scottish Terrier Club (2002–current)


When I saw what was happening to the United States during the George W. Bush presidency, I felt I had to get involved.  I started volunteering and doing whatever I could to help.  I started organizing events.  I cooked food to help keep costs down since every penny saved meant more money toward getting candidates elected.  I was elected vice-chair and later chair of the AD19 Democratic Committee (before redistricting) and worked to bring state level speakers to our meetings and to ensure total representation at California State Democratic Conventions.  When the structure of AD committees changed after McCain Feingold reshaped political committees, I became more active in San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee and was elected the first time I ran in 2008.  I was active in multiple committees such as Ways and Means.  In 2013 I was asked by then SMCDCC chair Jeffrey Adair to run for Controller for the party.  I was unanimously elected and have continued to serve in this capacity.  Subsequent SMCDCC chairs Nicole Fernandez and Cecily Harris asked me to continue as Controller and I currently still sit on the SMCDCC Executive Board as Controller, being re-elected unanimously multiple times.

When considering whether to run for re-election, I asked myself the question why should I run.  I still make a signifigant impact to San Mateo County Democratic politics and that is why I am running.  In 2020, we need people that produce results.  I am such a person.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • Assemblymember Kevin Mullin

Elected Officials (5)

  • San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom, Region 2
  • San Mateo City Councilmember Joe Goethals
  • Vice-Mayor Charles Stone of Belmont
  • San Mateo City Councilmember Rick Bonilla
  • Belmont City Councilmember Julia Mates

Individuals (5)

  • San Mateo County Board of Education Rod Hsaio
  • San Mateo Community College District Richard Holober
  • San Mateo City Councilmember Diane Papan
  • San Mateo City Councilmember Davina Hurt
  • San Mateo-Foster City School District Alison Proctor

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

It's easy to sit on the sidelines and have opinions.  It's a greater challenge to get involved and work to achieve change.  I have worked tirelessly to get Democrats elected.  I've walked precincts and made thousands of phone calls.  I've mentored new candidates and I'm always available to help or support them in any way I can.  I work to build consensus because working together is so much more powerful than a voice alone.  In animal rescue, there's a saying about while you may not change the world, you change the world for every animal rescued.  I look at the problems in the community and try to help in whatever capacity I can.  I am proud to say that I have earned the respect of many elected officials.  When I organized a vigil to the victims of gun violence in 2019 with four days notice, 17 elected officals dropped everything and came to the vigil including two state senators, our assemblymember, and multiple city council members from across the county.  

Politics is about accomplishment.  It's about working together to create change.  It's about negotiating together to create the best possible solution to the greatest number of people.  It's as important to listen as it is to speak.  It's about asking the hard questions and listening even if you don't like the answers.  I have always tried to keep these qualities.  I never had the ambition to lead.  My commitment was to be a positive element of change and through time, I evolved into a leader in my community.  I still make a difference and I ask for your support to continue the work I've done and will continue to do for San Mateo County.

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