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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

City of San DiegoCandidate for City Council, District 9

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Sarah Saez

Policy and Program Director
5,023 votes (23.33%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Make San Diego Affordable. $15 min wage, union jobs, local hire, rent control
  • Make San Diego Safe. Timely and equitable infrastructure repairs. End racial discrimination.
  • Make San Diego Green. Fully implement Climate Action Plan.



University of San Diego Masters Degree , Nonprofit Management and Leadership (2012)
Barry University Bachelor's of Science , Critical Criminology/Sociology (2008)


Sarah is a proud resident of City Heights in San Diego, District 9, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country. Her unrelenting determination and sincere belief in the fundamental rights of the working poor have propelled her into key leadership roles throughout San Diego. As a Councilwoman, Sarah will continue her work as a community organizer, drawing from the wisdom of residents in order to build participatory democracy at City Hall- representative of and accountable to the people.

Sarah exemplifies grassroots leadership by promoting the political voice of disenfranchised communities. In her current role as Program Director for United Taxi Workers of San Diego, Sarah was instrumental in leading a historic victory to lift the cap on taxi permits, allowing drivers to become small business owner-operators, helping to transform a group of unorganized, exploited workers into a well-recognized, well-respected force for change.  

Sarah received her Master’s degree from the University of San Diego in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Critical Criminology. Before and during her college education Sarah also worked as a waitress in various restaurants; her first job was as a fast food worker at 16.

As a worker, renter, and one of many university graduates with student debt, Sarah understands what it means to struggle to make ends meet. A Puerto Rican-Dominican originally from the East Coast, Sarah grew up as the daughter of working class parents. Her father, originally from East Harlem, New York, has been a counselor in Boston, Massachusetts for the last two decades. Her mother, now an attorney, immigrated from the Dominican Republic to New York’s Washington Heights.

Sarah’s calling to the fight for social justice began early in her career, when she witnessed profound poverty as a hospice worker in the Dominican Republic where she lived with her grandmother. In Miami, Florida, she worked in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Farm Workers, a community-based organization made up of mainly Latino, Mayan Indian and Haitian migrants. She helped organize a successful living wage campaign that resulted in safer working conditions and increased pay for farm workers in the tomato fields.

Sarah currently serves as a board member for Mid-City Community Advocacy Network, the Foundation for Change, and as a delegate of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Central Labor Council, where she sits on committees focusing on policy, organizing, and immigration.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I'm a Progressive Democrat. 

I believe soci­ety should work for every­one, not just some. 

I believe gov­ern­ment can and should be a force for good.

I believe in ele­vat­ing every­one to a posi­tion of equal treat­ment, regard­less of class, race, eth­nic­ity, con­science, gender, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, gen­der expres­sion, national ori­gin, abil­ity, or his­tory of disenfranchisement. 

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