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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

City of San JoseCandidate for City Council, District 6

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Devora Joan "Dev" Davis

Education Researcher/Businesswoman
4,801 votes (20.54%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I am running to make sure that the city of San Jose provides the five core services (Police, Fire, Roads, Libraries, and Parks) in fully functional capacities while maintaining fiscally responsible policies.
  • I will make increasing the number of Community Service Officers (CSO's) a top priority to help meet San Jose's public safety needs.
  • I will work hard to streamline the permitting and fees process to enable local businesses to grow and to provide a more welcoming environment for new businesses. I would also like to see the character of established neighborhoods maintained.



Born and raised in North Dakota, Dev moved to California after college to work at the San Francisco based Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) in 2002. After receiving an offer to be a researcher with Stanford’s Center for Education Outcomes (CREDO), Dev and her husband Chris, moved to San Jose in 2004. With formal education as an economist, Dev’s expertise is in data analysis; she is currently finishing up dual master’s degrees at Stanford in Public Policy and Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies. 


Dev has worked hard for her District 6 community. She has been the president and a member of the board of the North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association, where she established the disaster preparedness program. Dev also chaired the City of San Jose’s Early Care and Education Commission. Furthermore, Dev served on the Sherman Oaks Playground Committee where she helped plan and build a new playground. These are just a few of Dev’s outstanding qualifications and accomplishments in the community. For a full list please visit 

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters (4)

What experience related to city government would you bring to the City Council?
Answer from Devora Joan "Dev" Davis:

I have over a decade in economic and education research and analytics with CREDO at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University that has shaped my ability to look at a situation with objective analysis. I am also recieving dual master's degrees from Stanford University. Beyond my background in economics and my education, what sets me apart the most is that I am NOT bringing any promises, rather a commitment that I will keep the interests of the voters and the sustainibility of the five core services at the forefront of everything I do. I am bringing the ability to set aside emotional responses to very complex issues and to bring cogent and practical solutions.



San Jose budget difficulties have resulted in unprecedented cuts to staff and services. How will you deal with coming shortfalls? Restoring some of the City services? And, if you think the City needs additional resources, what are your ideas for increasing revenues?
Answer from Devora Joan "Dev" Davis:

I have experienced what it means to have services cut, first-hand. When my children were pre-school aged, we experienced not being able to go to the libraries, or play in parks, because the libraries were closed and the parks were not maintained and their bathrooms were closed. Every day I drive down our District 6 roads and I fear for the integrity of my tires. Cuts to city services affect each resident on a daily basis and in very tangible ways. My priority, through out this campaign, has been to hear from voters what issues are most important to them, and repeatedly I hear "public safety" and "road maintainence" as the to most frequently cited issues. We need to have a fiscally responsible approach to restoring the five core services (police, fire, roads, libraries, and parks) and I have a plan. To read more about my plan go to

Q3. What concerns are of particular importance to the city and how would you address them?

What concerns are of particular importance to the city and how would you address them?

No answer provided.
Q4. Balancing needs and interests

How would you balance the needs of the City as a whole while also addressing needs of your district as well as those of special groups?

No answer provided.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Why Dev Is Running for San Jose City Council:

As a candidate for San Jose City Council in District 6, Devora “Dev” Davis is bringing the concerns of voters to the forefront of the race.

As a resident of San Jose for 11 years, Dev and her husband Chris, together with their two children, call Willow Glen home.  If elected, Dev will continue to work hard to make District 6 a better home for all residents. San Jose’s budget crisis and extreme service cuts motivated Dev to go back to school and, ultimately, to run for City Council. “Our kids were in preschool during that awful summer when the libraries were closed, the park bathrooms were closed, and the police stopped patrolling our neighborhood. Like many families, we relied on those services and felt the impact when they were gone.”

Dev is running for City Council to make sure that doesn’t happen again. As a councilmember, Dev will focus on finding cost-effective ways to improve public safety, fix our roads, and bring more jobs to San José while keeping our neighborhood services open and operating full time. Dev is setting the priorities where they should be – with the issues that matter to voters.


“I hope you will consider voting for me for City Council District 6 on June 7th. In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on how to make San José an even better place to live. Please call me at (408) 479-4864 if you’d like to discuss local issues or have ideas about possible solutions.”

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