Women in Politics

By now you’ve probably received plenty of flyers, phone calls, emails, and ads letting you know that it’s almost election time. Do you know who you’re voting for? Out of a sea of choices, here are a few local community leaders that are running for office in November.

 

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Wendy Ho

WENDY HO

Vice President, Evergreen Community College Board of Trustees

Briefly describe your background—where did you grow up and who were (and still are) your early influencers in your life.

I was born and raised in San Jose to Filipino immigrant parents. My maternal grandparents inspired my life in public service. My maternal grandfather was the town treasurer in a small town in the Philippines and my maternal grandmother was an elementary school teacher. Both stressed the importance of serving the community. My maternal grandmother, in particular, emphasized the value of education and the doors it could open. Through their work in the community, I learned the value of public service.

What office are you currently running for (or being re-elected to) and why? If elected, how long have you served?

I am serving my second year in a four-year term on the San Jose Evergreen Community College District. I am currently the Board’s Vice President.

What are the top three issues you care most about in your specific race—and how are they a part of your platform for elected office?

Access to courses: With successive years of budget cuts and a growing student population, demand for courses has grown, resulting in long waitlists and delays in students being able to fulfill their educational goals. As a Trustee, I have worked to increase courses by leveraging resources to offer courses to meet the varied needs of our students.

Oversight and accountability: The district has had its share of challenges with previous administrations. I have worked to strengthen the Board’s governance processes to ensure transparency and efficiency. I have leveraged my academic background in public administration and experience in coalition building to help ensure positive Board-administration relations.

Achievement gap: People of color, and women in particular, still lag behind Caucasian peers on almost all measures. Our board has worked tirelessly on closing this gap through various programs and initiatives aimed at student success (e.g. Retention centers, leadership development programs, mentorship, etc.).

 

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Ellen Kamei

ELLEN KAMEI

Mountain View City Council

Briefly describe your background—where did you grow up and who were (and still are) your early influencers in your life.

I grew up on my family’s ten acre flower growing business, Kamei Nursery, Inc. in Morgan Hill, CA. My grandfather originally had it located in Mountain View, CA. I spent much of my time growing up with my grandparents and family in Mountain View. I feel fortunate to have had some time with them before they passed away recently. They taught me the meaning of hard work, perseverance, and true love. They were married nearly 70 years.

What office are you currently running for (or being re-elected to) and why? If elected, how long have you served?

I am currently running for Mountain View City Council. I am running to make Mountain View accessible to everyone. I am the third generation in my family to make Mountain View my home. I am invested in the community’s past as well as its future as I settle here with my own family in the future.

What are the top three issues you care most about in your specific race—and how are they a part of your platform for elected office?

As a member of City Council, I will continue to champion:

  1. Preserving Mountain View’s character and diversity
  2. Ensuring adequate infrastructure, especially in regards to transportation, open space, and sustainability
  3. Maintaining fiscal responsibility to continue to provide excellent care and human services

 

Over the last two years on the City’s Environmental Planning Commission, I have tackled some major issues facing the City around land use, transportation, and housing. I have heard testimonials from residents and received dozens of emails. I too truly care about the future of Mountain View and recall what the City “used to be.” My focus on these three areas all are with the knowledge of the major challenges the City faces in mind.

 

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Noelani Sallings

Noelani Sallings

Santa Clara County Board of Education

Briefly describe your background—where did you grow up and who were (and still are) your early influencers in your life.

My great grandmother Edith Pearl Hunt was a huge influence in my life along with my Grandparents Bill & Pat Hunt and my Uncle Jim Hunt. They always encouraged me to fight for what was right, work hard and be kind. I love them dearly and they are really the reason, besides my girls, for why I do what I am doing now.

My influences now are definitely my daughters. Every day I think about the struggles that they have gone through on a daily basis and I want to make it better for them and I want to show them what it means to be an advocate for yourself and others that do not have a voice.

What office are you currently running for (or being re-elected to) and why? If elected, how long have you served?

Santa Clara Unified School Board Trustee

What are the top three issues you care most about in your specific race—and how are they a part of your platform for elected office?

  1. 21st century learning. We cannot do our students a disservice by sending them out into the world with the wrong skills. We must support our teachers with the reassurance they need to teach our students and give our students a safe learning environment.
  1. School safety. In order for students to be able to learn, they must feel safe in their environments. Not only physically safe, but emotionally safe.
  1. STEAM. We need to start focusing on things that make our student successful, we often leave out Arts from the mix… We must focus on STEAM learning: Science, Technology, Engineer, Arts and Math.

 

Written by Jen Myronuk
Photos by Gregory Cortez

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