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HMB City Council

District 3 Election, November 2020

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As your City Council member, I will work to engage all the voices of our community to generate, together, innovative ideas that strengthen the economy for the benefit of all, create sustainable environmental solutions that both preserve our heritage and help us adapt to climate change, and provide a safe and secure environment for everyone to enjoy a good quality of life and make Half Moon Bay a great place to live.


My top 3 priorities in office will be to:

  1. Build affordable housing for our community, in a sustainable way

  2. Create a safe, welcoming environment for our community

  3. Build a strong economy by promoting sustainable local businesses

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About Me

I have lived in Half Moon Bay for 33 years and have been active in the community for over 20 years. I am bilingual in Spanish and English. I have a degree in Sociology from CSU Chico, and came back to Half Moon Bay after college in order to serve the community I grew up in. I have worked in various capacities throughout the county of San Mateo, and I am a founding member of the Latino Advisory Council of Half Moon Bay. My involvement with the community includes, but is not limited to, being a 5th Grade teacher in the Immersion Program at Hatch School for the Cabrillo Unified School District and then a Juvenile Correctional Officer for the County of San Mateo in the Juvenile Probation Department, and working with nonprofit organizations such as Puente de la Costa Sur and Ayudando Latinos a Soñar (ALAS). I’m currently an ALAS Liaison and Community Outreach Coordinator for farmworkers and their families. Having dedicated my career to serving the HMB community I was honored to be awarded Role Model of the Year 2019 by the Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce. 


The following government and community leaders have all endorsed Joaquin's candidacy:

  • Marc Berman, California State Assembly member

  • Current City Councilmembers Robert Brownstone, Deborah Penrose, and Harvey Rarback

  • From neighboring cities, the current Mayors of Burlingame, San Carlos, and current City Councilmembers from Menlo Park, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto, and Brisbane

  • Former City Councilmembers Rick Kowalczyk and Mike Ferreira

  • Sophia Layne and Lizet Cortes, Cabrillo Unified School District Board

  • Sara Polgar, Half Moon Bay Planning Commission, and Pat Black & Evelyn Erickson, Half Moon Bay Parks and Recreation Commission

  • Lennie Roberts from Green Foothills

  • Willa Chapman, General Manager, Sea Horse Ranch

  • Dr. Belinda Hernandez Arriaga, Executive Director & Founder of ALAS

  • Lilli Rey, Bay Area Border Relief

  • Eric DeBode, Founder and Executive Director of Abundant Grace

  • Steven R. Booker, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 617

  • The Half Moon Bay Review

  • Francisco Herrera, SF Community leader

  • Harpo Marx, Owner, Cafe Society

  • Desi Sanchez, Owner, Half Moon Bay Bakery

  • The San Mateo County LatinX Democrat Club


Visit the Endorsements page to see who else is backing Joaquin!

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CZU Lightning Complex fire response  

As the outreach coordinator for ALAS, Joaquin has been on the frontline of the wildfire emergency response, listening to families who have been impacted, and working with Puente and Coastside Hope to get them the supplies and support they need.


You can help too!


Beach Closures During COVID-19

Click here to read Joaquin's public statement from September 7th.

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An Evening with

Joaquin Jimenez


Zoom/Facebook Live Town Hall


in association with 

The Latino Advisory Council of Half Moon Bay


Click the link below to watch the virtual Town Hall!

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Voting Info

This is the first time HMB has voted by District in the City Council elections: starting this election, residents will be asked to choose just one candidate to be their district's City Councilmember. Joaquin is running for the District 3 seat, against Adam Eisen.


Please refer to the material below for helpful information and links to the upcoming election. We'll update this page with more details as we get them.

Ballot drop boxes will begin accepting ballots on October 6th at:

  • City Hall (Outside)

  • New Leaf (Inside)