A resident of Naples, Sara McFadden was born in New Jersey and lived in Connecticut. She comes from a hard-working family of homemakers, blue collar workers, teachers, police officers and nurses — ready volunteers for civic organizations and serving as elected officials on school boards and city councils. A scholarship recipient, she worked her way through school, graduating from Georgian Court University with honors.
Sara was employed at the NJ Disability Insurance Service where she met her husband Michael. Eventually she became the Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrative Manager for AIG / American International Group based in Philadelphia. Later, as a stay-at-home mom raising two daughters, she followed family tradition by taking volunteer and leadership roles in her neighborhood, church, senior center and in scouting. Those community activities continued when she went back to school at F.I.T./ Fashion Institute of Technology and established an interior design firm as owner and principal designer.
In 2015, before the FL Presidential Primary, Sara McFadden was an NPA / No-Party-Affiliation voter. She became a grassroots activist and an advocate for social justice, joined the Collier County Democratic Executive Committee, served on the Credentials Committee, attended the National Platform Meeting, traveled to Philadelphia for the National Convention, and was elected as State Committeewoman.
Sara put Naples on the map in January 2017 when she brought all five candidates for State Chair of the Florida Democratic Party together. It was the first time in the State and was accomplished through a Candidate Forum she moderated. She founded the eight-county Coastal Coalition to bring attention, resources and political training to SWFL, and organized a healthcare rally in February, attended by 500+ who petitioned our area Congressmen. In March, Sara McFadden was appointed as a Vice Chair of the Florida Democratic Party.
She filed her candidacy that same year for State Representative in State House District 106 in a 2018 race that no Democrat had challenged since 1978 — yes, 40 years! Her statement at the time was: “I’m tired of not being represented, are you?”
Now a grandmother of four — the youngest born on the 4th of July, how perfect! — she’s running again, qualified by petition despite the pandemic and is on the 2020 November 3rd ballot.
The Coalition Candidate
Sara is considered ‘The Coalition Candidate’ because she’s working hard to bring people together for the common good and to restore a civil, collaborative and inclusive government. We need to reach beyond parties and identity politics, find what commonalities unite us, and take back Tallahassee.
People not profits, families not corporations, democracy not greed.