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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

City of San JoseCandidate for City Council, District 6

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Chris Roth

1,855 votes (7.94%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public safety
  • Infrastructure
  • Libraries



Profession:Full-time candidate
Chair, San Jose Library and Early Education Commission — Elected position (2015–current)
Member, San Jose Library Commission — Appointed position (2012–current)
Senior Paralegal, Government Affairs, Silicon Valley Bank (2011–2015)


University of San Diego Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy (2002)

Community Activities

President, Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (2014–current)
Volunteer Creek Wader, South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition (2013–current)
Member, Our Avenue Committee, Willow Glen Business Association (2014–current)
Member, Transportation Policy Committee, Silicon Valley Leadership Group (2013–2015)
Board member, Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (2012–2014)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom
  • California Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma
  • San Jose Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen (Former)

Organizations (1)

  • Santa Clara League of Conservation Voters

Individuals (8)

  • Samantha LaCurto
  • Jess Gutierrez
  • Kevin Swanson
  • Shailesh Dubale
  • Dave Hook
  • Tim Mulcahy
  • Pat McMahon
  • Terry Reilly

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters (4)

What experience related to city government would you bring to the City Council?
Answer from Chris Roth:

Growing up, my parents, a nurse for more than 38 years and a police captain who dedicated his career to making his community safer, stressed the importance of family and community. To this day, I hold those values close to my heart, and I'm working to teach the same lessons to my five-year-old daughter, Ashley.

I've been working hard and taking action for our community for years, and I know that listening to our neighbors is the best way to improve our community. As a member and now Chair of the San José Library and Early Education Commission, I strongly advocated for the passage of the Library Parcel Tax Renewal and for increasing library hours citywide from four to six days a week (including at all three libraries in District 6), and I helped raise thousands of dollars for the San José Public Library Foundation to fund programs like the Summer Reading Challenge that serves thousands of our City’s youth.

As President of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association I worked with the City of San José to implement the Lincoln Avenue Road Diet, which has already shown increased safety for pedestrians, bikers and vehicles in Downtown Willow Glen. The traffic calming measures that I've fought for have also resulted in increased pedestrian and bike traffic, resulting in local economic activity and enhanced quality of life for residents, business owners, employees, and our kids.

By working hard and putting our community first, we can create a safer, stronger San José. I'm teaching my daughter that lesson, and with your help, I’ll bring that to City Hall as well.

Q2. San Jose budget issues

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?

No answer provided.
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.

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