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San Mateo County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Supervisorial District 4

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Mitchell Oster

Community Relations Professional
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Elect Democrats to office at the school board, city council, and supervisor level. Although very important, State legislature, US Congress, and Statewide races don't usually involve the kind of organizing that local races do.
  • Register Democrats to vote throughout San Mateo County. Dems have a strong registration advantage in our county and we need to press that advantage by continuing to focus on registering hard to locate populations and encouraging them to participate.
  • Mobilize Democrats in San Mateo County to work not just here but across the nation. We're lucky to have mostly Dems in elected offices here. We need to work hard to use our strength to reach other areas of California and in other states.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Community Relations Specialist
Community Relations Specialist, San Mateo Credit Union (2018–current)
Alternate Member, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee — Appointed position (2017–current)
Principal, Eveleth Consulting Group (2014–2019)
Member, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee, District 3 — Appointed position (2015–2016)
President, San Mateo County Latina/o Democratic Club — Elected position (2015–2016)
Alternate Member, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee — Appointed position (2011–2015)
Educator (Teacher, Coach, Paraprofessional), San Francisco Unified School District (2001–2009)

Education

San Francisco State University Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics (2008)

Biography

For the last 8 years, I have dedicated myself to working hard to serve the San Mateo County Democratic Party. In that time, I've been privileged to serve as an Executive Board member under 4 different Chairs. For many of those years, I've been our Recording Secretary. I've also been our Communications Committee and Technology & Data Management Committee chair. 

Over that time, I've helped elect many Democrats to local office working as political campaign consultant. I've knocked on doors throughout the county and served as a San Mateo County phone bank host for Obama 2012. In short, I'm very involved and spend much of my free time working hard to elect Dems to office, register Dems to vote, and mobilize Dems to get involved. 

As far as professional work goes, I'm in Community Relations at San Mateo Credit Union and take pride in representing an outstanding organization in the community providing valuable financial education to those who need it. It's great work. Before that, I owned my own consulting business and before that spent 10 years as an educator, mostly teaching math at the high school level. 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Assemblymember Kevin Mullin
  • Redwood City Vice Mayor Shelly Masur
  • Menlo Park Vice Mayor Drew Combs

Organizations (2)

  • IBEW Local 617
  • Peninsula for Everyone

Elected Officials (14)

  • East Palo Alto Council Member Lisa Gauthier
  • Menlo Park Council Member Ray Mueller
  • East Palo Alto Council Member Larry Moody
  • Redwood City Councilmember Ian Bain
  • Redwood City Councilmember Giselle Hale
  • San Mateo City Mayor Joe Goethals
  • San Carlos Vice Mayor Laura Parmer-Lohan
  • San Mateo City Councilmember Rick Bonilla
  • San Mateo City Councilmember Amourence Lee
  • San Mateo-Foster City School Board Vice President Noelia Corzo
  • Jefferson Union High School Board President Kalimah Salahuddin
  • Belmont Vice Mayor Charles Stone
  • Belmont City Councilmember Julia Mates
  • Belmont City Councilmember Davina Hurt

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I consider myself to be a pragmatic progressive. My instincts lean straight into the current progressive wing of the Democratic Party. I believe that government exists so that we can help those who need it. I believe in Social Security and Medicare--the two great liberal accomplishments of the 20th Century--and think we can continue the legacy of FDR and LBJ to create additional programs that lift people out of poverty, provide fair and just courts and police, level the playing field, make sure everyone pays their share, and creates opportunity for people to pursue the life that they see for themself.

The pragmatic part of my philosophy is that I believe we sometimes have to accept a less than perfect outcome to advance our cause and help people in the short term. We can't always get everything on the first try. I also believe we need to try and include as many people as possible so that there is broad buy-in. That's how we make lasting change. 

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