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

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Shikha Hamilton

Grassroots Organizing Manager
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Work to elect public officials that will advance and prioritize critical issues such as: affordable housing, protecting the environment, protecting workers' rights to unionize, education, gun violence prevention, and so much more.
  • Increase voter participation and register more voters so that all have a say in the political process and elect candidates that represent all views.
  • Increase diversity at all levels of elected officials from the top of the ticket to this central committee. At a time in our nation where minorities have suffered significant setbacks, we must elect more minorities to office to protect all rights.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Grassroots Organizing Manager
Organizing Manager, Brady United Against Gun Violence (2013–current)

Education

Mississippi College School of Law J.D. Law, Law (1992)
California State University East Bay B.A., Political Science (1988)

Biography

I am currently the National Organizing & Chapter Development Manager for Brady United Against Gun Violence. I have been working on the issue of gun violence prevention since the year 2000, when I helped organize the Million Mom March, which was until 2018, the largest protest against gun violence in U.S. history. I have worked on this issue every day since then and have held various roles from chapter leader to state chapter president, to the first elected Million Mom Marcher elected to the Brady Board of Trustees, to the national spokesperson for the Million Mom March. 

I grew up in San Mateo County, having gone to all public schools in the county, including Bowditch Middle School and Hillsdale High School.

I am a licensed attorney in California and Michigan. I have taken my skills as an organizer and attorney to support a cause I deeply care about by applying my legal skills to advocate, and help others advocate, for sensible gun laws on the local, state and national levels. In California, I work with the Brady Chapters to pass gun laws every year that have worked to reduce California gun deaths by 55% and four times more than the national average. 

 

I have 28 years of political campaign experience as I have worked on presidential, state and local elections since 1992, as paid staff and volunteer in various roles on campaigns, including: Campaign Manager; Vote By Mail Director; GOTV Payroll Director; Volunteer Coordinator; and Policy Advisor.

 

I am not only a gun violence prevention advocate. I work on many issues in my community and beyond. I am a member and past president of the Foster City Lions Club and work to better our community.  For example, after the Butte County Fire in 2018, I quickly organized a fundraiser and necessary items in just a few weeks to provide assistance to those displaced by the fire. This was the largest amount raised by any Lions Club in the Bay Area for the fire victims. When asylum seekers were being turned away at the border, I traveled to one of the detention centers in Texas and provided pro bono legal services.  In 2019, after the college admissions scandal, I decided I wanted to work on something to level the playing field.  I created an education fund and raised money to provide no-cost SAT prep courses to low-income students to help them get better scores on their SATs. I continue that effort to this day. I also traveled to Texas and volunteered as an attorney to assist asylum seekers that were being held in the detention centers. Where there is a need, I try to figure out how I can help, whether it’s in a big or small way.

 

I am also a union member of IAM Local 1781, through my second job with Alaska Airlines.

 

I have served on several local non-profit/educational boards such as: the San Mateo High School Foundation; San Mateo High School Drama Boosters President; Bowditch Middle School PTA Vice-President; and currently sit on the following boards: Foster City Lions Club, PartyChild.org, Feed All Kids Foundation and currently as an alternate and endorsement committee member of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee.

 

I have been recognized for my community work, to name a few:

 

Jefferson Award for Public Service, California PTA

Melvin Jones Award (highest award from the Lions Club)

California State Senate Recognition (for work with the Lions Club)

Congressional Record Recognition, 108th Congress 3-21-03, by U.S. Senator Carl Levin

Pioneer for Peace Award

Mom of the Year – Pioneers for Peace

 

Tolling the Bell of Life Award, Brady Campaign

ATF Award for Prevention of Gun Violence

Highlighted in non-fiction book, "Looking for a Few Good Moms,” by Donna Dees-Thomases

 

Please feel free to view my LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shikhahamilton/

Visit my Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ShikhaHamilton4SMCDCC/

 

I believe I can bring a diverse and experienced voice to the Central Committee. If you live in Belmont, Foster City or San Mateo, I would appreciate your support.  Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions/comments: shikhahamilton@gmail.com

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Senator Jerry Hill
  • Sanjay Gehani, Vice Mayor of Foster City

Elected Officials (5)

  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Senator Jerry Hill
  • Juan Raigoza, San Mateo County Controller
  • Sanjay Gehani, Vice Mayor of Foster City
  • Pamela DiGiovanni, Daly City Council Member

Individuals (7)

  • Nancy Magee, Education Leader in San Mateo County
  • Pam Frisella, Former Mayor of Foster City
  • Alexis Lewis, Executive Board Member of the San Mateo Branch of the NAACP, San Mateo Branch NAACP
  • Regina Islas, Community Activist
  • Chelsea Bonini, Executive Board delegate to the California Democratic Party
  • Jimmy Ness (as an individual), President of the Foster City Lions Club
  • Sabrina Malcolmson (as an individual), President of the San Mateo Lions Club

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have been a Democrat for as long as I could vote. I believe that we are the party that fights for all rights and for equal rights.  I believe we are the party that is diverse and representative of this country.  I firmly believe we must do everything in our power to increase diversity at every level of elected office.  It is the diversity that makes us stronger and more compassionate to issues that affect everyone.  We must also do everything in our power to help people understand the power of their vote, and that change is in their hands.

I have spent 28 years fighting for Democratic values in every way possible, whether it was knocking on doors in my state or traveling to other states, or volunteering to run a phone bank, or working as staff on a campaign, or raising money, or whatever the need, I have always been ready to work. No job is too small for me.

 

We have a lot of critical issues at our doorstep from affordable healthcare, to protecting workers’ rights and unions, to protecting our kids and communities from gun violence, to protecting our environment, solving homelessness and to always improving our schools.  The Democratic Party has always worked to fight for these issues.

 

Fighting for what’s right never gets old for me.  There is always a need, and I am always ready.

 

That is why I am running for the San Mateo County Democratic Party Central Committee. I am currently an alternate to a committee member and I serve on the endorsement committee of the Central Committee.  I believe I can bring a diverse and experienced voice to the Central Committee.  If you live in Belmont, Foster City or San Mateo, I would appreciate your support.

 

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions/comments: shikhahamilton@gmail.com

Please feel free to view my LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shikhahamilton/

Visit my Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ShikhaHamilton4SMCDCC/

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