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Councilmember Jennifer Campbell

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Councilmember Jennifer Campbell was born and raised in Colorado and grew up ready to help people. Raised in a working-class family – her father, a union machinist, and her mother, a secretary and community volunteer active in politics– Campbell learned at a young age the value of citizen involvement in our democracy and how government affects people’s daily lives. Councilmember Campbell and her partner, Suzanne Hawkins, have six children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. They live in the Bay Ho neighborhood of San Diego. 

Even though women were rarely allowed into medical school in the 1970s, she was accepted to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Campbell practiced and taught medicine for four decades, is board certified in Family Medicine and Holistic Medicine, and is also an acupuncturist. She moved to San Diego in the early 2000s and became active in the community. 

In 2018, Campbell won the election to represent Council District 2 on the San Diego City Council. She was elected to serve as Council President in 2021 and was re-elected for a second term to represent Council District 2 in 2022. Campbell has proven her strong leadership since taking office with numerous significant initiatives: 

Homelessness Solutions

As a family physician, Councilmember Campbell focuses on finding new solutions that work. She helped find more stable housing arrangements, such as affordable units and multiple shelters in District 2. The Councilmember supports Safe parking lots for San Diegans living in their vehicles. The program provides homeless individuals with immediate services and a path to permanent housing. She added new homelessness prevention programs like the Conservatorship Unit, which will offer essential services to the most vulnerable homeless individuals. 

Affordable Housing

Campbell forged the landmark compromise to reduce whole-home Short-Term Vacation Rentals and start holding nuisance properties accountable. She helped slash whole-home Short-Term Vacation Rentals by nearly 50%, providing more housing to those who live and work in San Diego. Campbell supports the Midway redevelopment because it will add new housing, parks, commercial and office space, jobs, and a new Sports Arena/Entertainment Center. Campbell supported the creation of more than a thousand new affordable residential units across San Diego. 

 Defeating the COVID-19 Pandemic

Campbell Co-Chaired the COVID-19 committee, providing her medical expertise on how the City could navigate the Pandemic. At the height of the Pandemic, Campbell was instrumental in administering vaccines, explaining how the vaccines and testing were critical in protecting San Diegans and fighting COVID-19. 

 Saving the Environment

As chair of the Environment Committee, Campbell led the creation of the San Diego Community Power, and a resolution declaring a Climate Emergency in San Diego. She also saved the Fiesta Island Dog Park and provided a safe habitat for endangered bird species. Campbell worked with the Parks and Recreation Department to ensure the city’s pesticide and herbicide programs reduce toxicity for plants, people, and animals. She supports a balance between recreational use and climate progress around Mission Bay and signed our City to the International Monarch Butterfly Pledge to save pollinating bees and butterflies. 

 Additionally, Campbell’s policy accomplishments include successfully leading the Sidewalk Vendor Ordinance to prioritize health and safety and keep the city’s open spaces safe and accessible for San Diegans; Crime and Public Safety are a priority as she supports hiring more police officers, with competitive wages, to protect our communities; Campbell helped secure $11.5 million in funding for the OB Library expansion and upgrades in 2022 and led the Shared Mobility Devices Ordinance to better regulate the use of scooters, and scooter companies operating in the city. The ordinance helps protect San Diegans, especially in the beach communities in District 2.