SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.— Today, newly-elected Supervisor Cindy Chavez held a Community Swearing-in Ceremony in a packed board chambers at the County Government Center in downtown San Jose. The Oath of Office was administered by Zoe Lofgren, Congresswoman, 19th District.
“Because I spent 14 years on the Board of Supervisors,” said Zoe Lofgren, Congresswoman, 19th District, “I know how important this job is. We have a very diverse county, and county government is in the hope and opportunity business. It is a day of hope, pride and joy for Cindy, for the county family, and for our community.”
Chavez was elected to the Second District seat on the Board of Supervisors in the July 30th runoff election. She represents District 2 which includes many San Jose neighborhoods such as Alum Rock, Northside, Mayfair, Seven Trees, and parts of Willow Glen.
“I am honored to work with this very accomplished Board of Supervisors,” Chavez said. “I take the faith you have in government very seriously. I know you are asking me to be a guardian on your behalf. I will work to do so every day.”
Chavez, who attended her first Board meeting on August 13, will serve as Chair of the Children, Seniors and Families Committee and as Vice Chair of the Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee.
She previously served two terms on the San Jose City Council in 1998 and 2002, including two terms as vice mayor. Public safety, improving government services, and developing community based programs to address crime, education, small business development and neighborhood revitalization were here priorities.
As the former Executive Officer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council and Executive Director of Working Partnerships USA, she focused on new collaborations to improve the lives of working families throughout Silicon Valley. Her achievements in public service include ground-breaking health insurance for Santa Clara County’s children, which served as a national model, construction of diverse housing and a city-schools partnership in downtown San Jose.
Chavez was a member of the Board of Directors of Joint Venture, Silicon Valley Network and the California Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology. She also serves on the National Board of Planned Parenthood and is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
Chavez was named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in its surveys of “Influential Women in Business” and served on the Board of the Silicon Valley Women’s Alliance. She was a recipient of the California Assembly’s Housing Leadership Award and the Blue Cross of California’s Community Service Award. Cindy Chavez was voted “Legislator of the Year” by the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club and 2012 Woman of the Year by the California State Assembly.
Chavez has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San Jose State University.
She and her husband and son live in the Naglee Park neighborhood of San Jose.
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