Sara Jacobs
Sara Jacobs. Campaign photo

Del Mar native and Obama-era State Department official Sara Jacobs announced Thursday that she is running as a Democrat to unseat Republican Rep. Darrell Issa in the 2018 election.

Jacobs, a granddaughter of Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, is the fourth Democrat to announce a candidacy for Congress in California’s 49th District,

“I never thought I would run for elected office,” Jacobs said in an email announcing her candidacy. “But this moment is too important to sit on the sidelines — we need new leaders to step up and serve.”

Jacobs took aim at both Issa, who narrowly won re-election in 2016, and President Trump.

“Instead of finding meaningful solutions, Donald Trump and Darrell Issa are enriching themselves at everyone else’s expense,” she said.

Born in Del Mar, Sara grew up in the district, which stretches from the UC San Diego campus into south Orange County.

She attended Del Mar public schools and graduated from Torrey Pines High School, going on to earn degrees from Columbia University. She has worked at both the United Nations and UNICEF, and was a foreign policy advisor to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.

Already announced as candidates are Orange County environmental lawyer Mike Levin, Navy veteran and business owner Paul Kerr and 2016 contender Doug Applegate, who nearly beat Issa.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.