We don’t review every candidate at the local (i.e., city) level, however some individuals and issues standout and we believe are worthy of your attention.
District 28 Democratic Central Committee (2 Year Term – Vote for 6)
Drina Collins – A longtime fixture in local business and politics. She is well-respected for her work as a former Government Affairs liason, her involvement in numerous democratic causes, and countless hours of volunteer work on a host of different projects. A behind-the-scenes advocate for important causes, Drina should continue to serve on the Central Committee.
Evan Low – City Councilman from Cupertino brings youth and a strong sense of purpose to the his assignments, Low holds a Masters in Public Administration. After only 3 years of experience in politics, he was selected by his fellow city counsel members to serve as the Vice-Mayor and then Mayor of Campbell. Low is also running for State Assembly in District 24.
Ken Yeager– Ken has been a fixture in local politics – but in a good way. We like his genuine dedication to community.
District 27 Democratic Central Committee (2 Year Term – Vote for 6)
Ash Kalra – See our comments about Mr. Kalra below.
San Jose City Council – District 2
Ash Kalra – Ash has been in politics for a few years now. He suffered a “political black eye” some time ago when he was arrested for a DUI. Still, Kalra accepted responsibility immediately and has had no other problems. We disagree with Kalra on Measure B (which he strongly opposes), but in all other respect we like what Ash has brought to the City Counsel including his work to address predatory “pay day” lendor issues, his success in obtaining funding to repave portions of Monterey Highway and his work on environmental issues. His legal background (at the Public Defender’s office) gives him a thoughtful and well-reasoned approach that we find refreshing.
State Assembly District 24
Evan Low – City Councilman from Cupertino brings youth and a strong sense of purpose to the his assignments, Low holds a Masters in Public Administration. After only 3 years of experience in politics, he was selected by his fellow city counsel members to serve as the Vice-Mayor and then Mayor of Campbell. Low is also running for Democratic Central Committee.
State Assembly District 28
Paul Fong – Currently an Assemblymember for the 22nd District (before redistricting), Fong has championed solar and other clean energies, voter rights initiatives, as well as numerous environmental causes. He has received “Legislator of the Year” awards from a number of different academic and oversight groups.
SEAT 5 – Alexis Cerul
We are going a bit “off the board” by endorsing Alex Cerul, a court research attorney over experienced trial attorneys Paul Colin and Chris Cobey. Research attorneys generally work behind the scenes and are rarely seen by the public. They are the “brains” behind the court and learn to both work cooperatively within the judicial bureaucracy while also being fastidious students of law. Cerul has headed up research attorney group for the criminal division of the local court since 1998. We think he deserves an opportunity to transition the scholarly approach he has employed into the courtroom. For more information see http://cerul4judge.com/
Seat 7 – Cynthia Sevely
Sevely is a well-respected District Attorney who was politically tied to the former District Attorney prior to her ouster. Although Sevely’s political cache has dropped somewhat as a result of the change of leadership in the D.A.’s office her abilities have not. While we feel the S.C. bench is heavily saturated with former District Attorneys, Sevely has earned the respect of both defense attorneys and prosecutors and appears to have the right temperament and outlook to be a good Superior Court judge. For more information see http://www.sevely4judge.com/