February 20, 2020

Nine hopefuls vie for open Assembly District 25 seat

When three-term District 25 Assemblyman Kansen Chu broke the news he’d seek a Santa Clara County Supervisor position at the end of his current term, it caused a rush on his seat, as a flood of nine candidates poured in.

The 25th Assembly District covers portions of North San Jose, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Fremont and Newark. Only two of the nine will make it past the primary on March 3 to the general election.

Many of the candidates — most of them Democrats from the South Bay — cited the region’s biggest issues from housing to traffic as key issues they would like to tackle head-on.

Here’s a look at the candidates and what they say they’ll do if elected to Assembly District 25.

Bob Brunton, R, Fremont

Brunton, the lone Republican in the field, said he’s tired of being counted out early because of his party. “I don’t kiss up to people,” said Brunton, 62, who works in electronic sales, manufacturing and financial management. “What happened to voting for quality of ideas?”

Brunton wants to make school funding models across the state uniform and standardize the size of school districts, so very large districts would be broken up and very small ones would be combined with others.

He also wants kids to be able to attend schools near where parents work. Brunton, who served 12 years as an Ohlone College board member, said he’d make school administrator salaries partially tied to student outcomes and improvement. Finally, he would like to switch the state from a gas tax to a mileage tax.

Jim Canova, D, San Jose

Canova, 60, has served 27 years on the Santa Clara Unified School District board, and 17 as an appointed member on the board of MetroEd, a career technical education program for six South Bay school districts.

He said programs like MetroEd, or Mission Valley Regional Occupation Program in Southern Alameda County, and others around the state, are in a “funding crisis” and he wants to restore direct funding from the state to the programs.

Canova said these state of the art learning centers keep kids excited about education and skill-building, and are important for helping them grow into adults with earning power so they can live where they work.

“Do we expect these people to live in Lathrop and travel into Silicon Valley?” Canova, who works in the car detailing business, said.

Natasha Gupta, D, San Jose

Gupta, a political newcomer, said her priorities will be to get homeless people housed. She said she would create a tax system to ensure large companies with over $50 million in annual revenue chip in to a state pot as a funding source for housing people.

Gupta, 28, a technology manager at ServiceNow, also wants to leverage the knowledge of Google and other Silicon Valley firms that helped create the information networks used everywhere today to improve outreach to people who need services and support from the state.

She also wants to curb online hate speech by instilling rules on what kind of content companies based in the state can …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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