FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact: Jean Holbrook

March 27, 2018            Cell:  (650) 504-5604                       




March 27, 2018 – San Mateo, CA. Today, Gary Waddell, candidate for San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, announced his endorsement by Congresswoman and former State Senator Jackie Speier. Congresswoman Speier represents portions of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County.

In announcing her support, Congresswoman Speier stated "Gary delivers.  As a school counselor and principal, Gary advocated for top-flight schools.  He supports universal preschool. As deputy superintendent of schools for San Mateo County, he has been instrumental in reducing the achievement gap in the County.  I’m impressed that with all of his responsibilities he found time to be a foster parent.  Students will be well-served by Gary Waddell’s innovative thinking and leadership.  I highly recommend Dr. Gary Waddell for Superintendent of San Mateo County Schools.”

In response to her endorsement, Gary said “I am honored to receive the endorsement of Congresswoman Speier.  Jackie is a champion for women’s rights and equitable opportunities in schools and communities.  I admire her bold leadership on behalf of the citizens of this County and her work to defend our shared values.  I am incredibly honored to have the support of Congresswoman Speier and look forward to working with her as San Mateo County’s next County Superintendent of Schools.”

Congresswoman Speier’s endorsement joins Gary’s growing list of endorsements that include Assembly Members Kevin Mullin, Marc Berman and Phil Ting; Senator Scott Wiener; County Supervisors Carole Groom, David Canepa, Warren Slocum and Don Horsley; and many other San Mateo County leaders.  

Gary’s full endorsement list can be viewed at


Dr. Gary Waddell is a candidate for San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools in the June 5, 2018, countywide election.  One of the primary responsibilities of the County Superintendent is to ensure financial and academic stability of the County’s 23 school districts that serve over 95,000 students. Dr. Waddell currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of the San Mateo County Office of Education where he oversees the instructional services and programs and is second-in-command.  He has more than 30 years of experience as a County administrator, school principal, teacher and school counselor at every educational level. Gary is a respected statewide leader in the field of education, and is a former Chair of California’s prestigious statewide Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee.  He currently Chairs the statewide Visual and Performing Arts Committee and formerly served as Chair of the CA Mathematics Committee.  He has been endorsed by over 200 elected and community leaders from across San Mateo County and California, including Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torklakson, State Senator Scott Wiener, current and former State Assembly Members Kevin Mullin, Marc Berman, Rich Gordon and Phil Ting, as well as San Mateo County Supervisors David Canepa, Carole Groom, Don Horsley and Warren Slocum.  His website is