Editorial: Lee and Papan for San Mateo City Council, Oct 15, 2020
"It was in that spirit that... [Papan] was the deciding vote to appoint Amourence Lee to the vacant position last year when Maureen Freschet decided to leave the council.
Lee has done a fairly remarkable job in her short time on the council. She too does her homework and has been nimble when needed. One example is her work in bringing police and activists together for a shared statement of values in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder and subsequent rallies. This took smarts, flexibility and diplomacy — all attributes of a successful elected official.
These are not the only attributes she brings to the table. She is active in her neighborhood, North Central, which too often doesn’t have its important and diverse voice heard. Having representation from this neighborhood on the council is incredibly important as the other councilmembers live in more affluent areas and may not have the boots-on-the-ground knowledge of some very real challenges a segment of our city’s population face. Lee knows the issues and is willing to put in the work. She is progressive yet practical and has done a good job in the time she was appointed to serve. Let’s give her a chance to serve in a full term and see what she can do."