Editor,

I was born and raised in San Mateo County and have lived in San Mateo for over 20 years. Knowing how truly special our county and city are, is why I wholeheartedly endorse Amourence Lee for San Mateo City Council. Councilwoman Lee has earned my deep respect and friendship by exhibiting thoughtful leadership and a fresh perspective we so greatly need. I have had the opportunity to work with her in different capacities on issues like education and women’s leadership. She has been an advocate for our children, families and essential workers and is not afraid to stand up for an inclusive San Mateo. I have seen firsthand that Councilwoman Lee is a passionate leader with the strength to serve during difficult times. As a mother of a 6-year-old daughter, she is the perfect example of the representation I want my daughter to see on the dais.

Councilwoman Lee cares about building community and real relationships and has consistently stayed in contact with me to collaborate on the work I do to advocate for early care and education and women’s equality issues. In addition, she advocated for emergency relief funds for child care providers — providing an essential lifeline to our early care and learning small businesses. Her enthusiasm and compassion are needed for all San Mateo residents and I am proud to support her.

Christine Padilla

San Mateo

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(4) comments

Dirk van Ulden

Has anyone ever wondered why being the mother of a six year old gives one extra credit? How many fathers of six year olds are given that special status?

Christopher Conway

If you want San Mateo to turn into Seattle, Portland or Oakland, Ms. Amourence Lee is for you. In her one year being appointed to the city council, you are happy with her if you are a racial equity and BLM supporter, if you are a public employee, if your work is inside City Hall or you live in North Central. For the rest of us which is the majority of San Mateo, her policies and agenda are divisive and are meant to separate us. Ms. Lee is the greatest example of people being from outside our city and then transplanting themselves here to set up shop to tell us how racist and unwelcoming we are. Who does that? an east coast liberal who graduated from Columbia University, that's who. No one asked Ms. Lee to come to San Mateo and we sure don't want her racist rhetoric to take hold in City Hall. Vote Ms. Lee out of city hall and send her packing so she can sell her bag of hate to some other town, just not ours.

craigwiesner

Councilwoman Lee has lived here for over a decade. How long does someone have to live here before you'll stop accusing them of being outsiders? And, what's wrong with Columbia University? Please, voters, go to the three candidate's web sites, read about their history, their work, their platforms, and then choose someone that best represents your hopes for the city. And, if you have any questions for them, reach out and ask them. It's that easy.

Bird

The civil rights movement was divisive, too. It brought the segregationists into conflict with those who believed that black Americans were worthy of equal protection under the law. I suspect that those accusing Amo of belong “divisive” are those who want to preserve a status quo that serves their interests and locks others others out from similar consideration.

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