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Santa Clara County, CA November 4, 2014 Election
Council Member; City of Saratoga Voter Information

4 Year Term.

Results as of Dec 28 11:41am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (28/28)
Candidates (Vote for 3)
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Emily Lo Click here for more information about this candidate 6495 votes 25.17%

  • Occupation: Mayor/Business Owner
  • Uphold a good quality of life in Saratoga
  • Uphold a fiscally strong, cost-efficient City government that answers to its residents
  • Continue to build a vibrant community and support business vitality.
Mary-Lynne (Pierce) Bernald Click here for more information about this candidate 5731 votes 22.21%
  • Occupation: Planning Commission Chairperson
  • University of Colorado Boulder, B.A. Political Science
  • Three times appointed to Saratoga Planning Commission, three times elected Chair
  • Saratoga Library Expansion Committee
  • AJLI Area VI elected Public Policy Liaison
  • The Butter Paddle/EMQ Junior Auxiliary, 10-year Member, President 1999-2000
  • To preserve the unique character of our City and its neighborhoods
  • To provide a positive climate for vibrant commercial centers
  • To maintain high quality and cost effective services for our residents
Rishi Kumar Click here for more information about this candidate 5001 votes 19.38%
  • Occupation: Hi-Tech General Manager
  • Former Planning Commissioner, Saratoga
  • Founder, "Saratoga's Got Talent" Annual Competition, the annual fundraiser for Saratoga Senior Center
  • Saratoga Chamber of Commerce member, supporting Chamber events like Farmer's Market, Celebrate Saratoga, Holiday Party Wine Stroll, Christmas Karaoke
  • De Havilland Circle neighborhood leader, founded Neighborhood Watch, Annual Block Party leading to a connected safer neighborhood
  • Former AYSO Soccer Saratoga Board Member; Other roles: Referee, Divisional Manager
  • Saratoga Boy Scout Troop 581 parent volunteer, father of an Eagle Scout
  • Enhance Saratoga's quality of life, nurture a thriving family based community that includes a vibrant family-focused commercial district
  • Be your strong voice to address the quality of life issues such as Highway 85 noise/pollution, petty thefts/home break-ins and high density housing
  • Actively engage citizens via partnerships and outreach programs; listen, gather input and enhance/optimize city services for our citizens
Yan Zhao Click here for more information about this candidate 4930 votes 19.10%
  • Occupation: Sales Engineer/Commissioner
  • Graduate of UC Berkeley and Santa Clara University with a Master's degree in electrical engineering
  • Member, Saratoga Planning Commission (2006-2014), Chair (2009-2010)
  • Saratoga Elementary PTA Board Member and Treasurer
  • Student Art Chair, Saratoga Rotary Art Show (2012-2014)
  • Volunteer, Saratoga Historical Foundation, AYSO, and SASCC
  • Recipient of the California Legislature's Assembly District 28 "Woman of the Year 2014" Award
  • Maintain Saratoga's small town character and strive to provide the highest possible quality of life for all of our citizens
  • Improve business vitality at commercial centers and continue to help our city remain one of the best places in the Bay Area to live and raise a family
  • Provide full transparency, keep residents well informed on issues, and ensure that your voice will be heard
John Chen Click here for more information about this candidate 3650 votes 14.14%
  • Occupation: Data Center Engineer
  • 12-year Saratoga resident
  • Graduated UC Berkeley 1987
  • Cisco Inventor with 15 granted patents
  • Supports charming, festive downtown
  • Supports walk-friendly, bike-friendly neighborhoods
  • Supports alternatives to Highway 85 freeway lane expansion

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