Mom first,
volunteer second...

 This is a photograph of Sarah Flickinger, a homemaker and community volunteer, with her daughter. Sarah is running for a seat on San Luis Obispo's City Council in 2018.

This is a photograph of Sarah Flickinger, a homemaker and community volunteer, with her daughter. Sarah is running for a seat on San Luis Obispo's City Council in 2018.

 

My experiences as an active and engaged citizen for many years have led me to this place of recognizing a need for change in leadership to create a more balanced and sustainable community.

I'm seeking election to SLO City Council to serve as a strong voice for transparency, engagement and balanced social, economic and environmental sustainability for the long-term well-being of our City, its environment and people.

The kids at my daughter's elementary school know me as Mrs. Flick, that mom that always seems to be there in the library, on school field trips and helping with whatever else is needed. The kids on the AYSO teams I coach know me as Coach or Coach Flick, the silly fun coach who could care less whether we win or lose, so long as we're all learning and having a good time. 

After a career in communications that included public relations, wine, tourism and media, I have spent the past several years as a stay-at-home mom. Once my daughter headed off to elementary school, I became increasingly active as a community volunteer, using my skills to lift organizations however and whenever I was able. I'm an active volunteer with San Luis Obispo Access for All, a fund of The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County, Friends of the Bob Jones Trail, local schools and AYSO. I'm also a League Cycling Instructor registered through the League of American Bicyclists to teach safe cycling practices, which I pursued simply so I could empower others to feel more comfortable making the shift to using bicycles instead of vehicles as often as possible.

And if you recognize my picture but can't seem to place it based on the above involvements, I also spent roughly 17 years as a soccer official locally, certified through the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the California Interscholatic Federation (CIF). If you've been on or around a soccer field in the area, that could be it. Fairness, balance and professionalism are all core to the responsibilities entrusted to referees. 

Or, it could be my commitment to serving my former neighborhood, Los Verdes Park 1, at the southern end of SLO City. I am a past president of the HOA board and spent many years serving as a volunteer neighborhood representative, a role that landed me in local media more than once as our neighborhood endured and spoke out against impacts from traffic, noise and safety issues. It's a role that led other neighborhood leaders to seek out my input and support as they faced many of the same obstacles.

Or, it could be that I'm local. I grew up in Los Osos, attended public schools in Los Osos, San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, and then completed a BS in Journalism at Cal Poly. Before heading off into my career I completed an internship with Cal Poly Sports Information, served as a WOW leader focused on integrating students as considerate members of the community, wrote and sold advertising for the then-Mustang Daily campus newspaper, volunteered on projects to support Cal Poly's Leaning Pine Arboretum and Earth Day Alliance of San Luis Obispo County and wrote the occasional article for various local publications. 

I was fortunate to grow up in a service-minded network, with parents, grandparents, teachers and many other influencers in my life active and encouraging when it came to community service. To continue to serve, this time as a representative leader to the people of San Luis Obispo, would be an honor and responsibility to which I would give the utmost care.