Article Source: Stephan Marshall
The Marshall Family name is long associated with volunteerism and public service, so it comes as no surprise that I am running for City Council. My motivation to do so, however, comes not from family tradition, but from a grateful heart, wanting to pay it forward to a community who lifted me up at the lowest point in my development.
As you know, I ran for City Council last year and lost. While it was a big disappointment, it has also taught me a great deal. Voters want to know how a candidate will vote on important issues in the City, but they also want to know who you are, where you came from, and how you got here.
A proud San Bruno native and 45-year resident of our beautiful city, I have three daughters who, like I was, are being educated in San Bruno schools. Professionally, (with one business partner) I built a small real estate business from the ground up, that has grown to a team of 14 agents, ranking in the top 200 in the US.
I served on San Bruno Parks and Recreation Commission and am President-Elect of the San Bruno Rotary Club. I am also the two-term President of StarVista Board of Directors, one of San Mateo County’s largest and most productive non-profits, offering counseling, crisis prevention and much needed housing to at-risk youth, and tasked with supervising StarVista's income and expenditures, as well as critical policy decisions.
My “story” is not a fairytale, but it is a journey that I am proud of and one that I am willing to share with my community.
Many longtime San Bruno residents know that my father, Bob Marshall, was Mayor of our great city for many years. My father taught us the importance of public service and how it is our duty to leave our community better off for our children.
What few people know is that when I was in my early twenties, I was addicted to drugs and alcohol. I suffered through moments of deep despair. Addiction and poor decisions led me to times of homelessness. It was at this time of chaos and volatility in my life that I first became a father.
When I saw my daughter for the first time, the reality of the situation struck me. I was a father of another human being and the life that I was living was far from the life of a father. In fact, it was far from the life of a functioning person at all. It was then that I had a moment of clarity and realized that I had to grow-up and be the father that this little girl deserved.
Eighteen years ago, I made the decision to eliminate drugs and alcohol from my life and to be the father that my little girl deserved. I am grateful every day for my, now, three beautiful daughters and for the life that they have given me.
My determination to serve on the city council is only driven stronger by the gratitude that I have for my daughters, the chances I have been given, and the many blessings I have received in my life.
These factors are at the heart of why I am running for City Council. It is my own personal and professional experiences that can help tackle the challenges our City faces which are heightened in the face of COVID-19. Among them, finding solutions for housing is mandatory and I have the experience of being on both sides of this dilemma. Likewise, overcoming adversity to build a successful business has given me knowledge to navigate the City’s budget challenges, especially now with COVID-19.
I have the perseverance, stamina and generosity of spirit needed to face the future successfully. Working together, we can turn upheaval into uplifting change.
If elected to our City Council, I will put my experience, expertise and business acumen to work for you.
My name is Stephan Marshall. I'm running for San Bruno City Council, and I'm asking for your vote.