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Marilyn Singleton
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 13
High schoolSan Diego Senior High (1965)
Bachelor'sStanford (1969)
J.D.University of California (1995)
M.D.UCSF (1973)
Date of birthDecember 27, 1947
Place of birthSan Diego, California
Campaign website
Marilyn Singleton was a 2012 Independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 13th Congressional District of California. She lost in the general election.[1]


Singleton was born and raised in San Diego, California.[2] She earned her bachelor's in psychology and pre-med from Stanford. She earned her M.D. from the University of California San Francisco and her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.[3]


Singleton has been a physician since 1973.[2] She went to law school to learn more about administrative law and how to fix the health care system and subsequently worked at the National Health Law Project and in health and insurance law.[2]


Campaign themes


Singleton's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "We want limited but effective government that gives us value for our tax dollars. We want government to protect our lives, not run our lives. Washington is spending $10.4 billion per day – three times more than in 2007."
  • Education
Excerpt: "The state of education in government schools is abysmal. The quality of education is the number one civil rights issue in the minority community. Each year more than one million high school seniors fail to graduate. Every day 7,000 children drop out of high school. Clearly, Washington’s pouring more money into education since 1971 has not improved the product."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Whether you believe global warming is man-made or represents another age in the 4 billion years the earth has lived, we should try to keep our environment clean and healthy and preserve it for future generations. It is just the right thing to do."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "We all agreed that something had to be done to improve healthcare delivery in our country. But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) neither protects patients nor is affordable."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "We have people from all over the world who are here illegally. This is a palpable problem but Americans like a success story and do not hate immigrants. What we do not like is the lack of a reasonable immigration policy and the piece-meal enforcement of the laws already in place."



See also: California's 13th Congressional District elections, 2012

Singleton ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 13th District. She and district 9 incumbent Barbara Lee (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Justin Jelincic (D). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election and Lee won.[1][5][6]

U.S. House, California District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Lee Incumbent 86.8% 250,436
     Independent Marilyn M. Singleton 13.2% 38,146
Total Votes 288,582
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 13 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Lee (D) Incumbent 83.1% 94,709
Green check mark transparent.pngMarilyn Singleton (NPP) 11.8% 13,502
Justin Jelincic (D) 5% 5,741
Total Votes 113,952

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Singleton's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Singleton did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Singleton's campaign committee raised a total of $70,146 and spent $68,548.[7]

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