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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of FremontCandidate for Mayor

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Lily Mei

37,834 votes (53.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Advocate Responsible Development--As a longtime resident, I've seen development grow rampantly, contributing to standstill traffic and school overcrowding. Fremont needs to listen to citizen concerns and take a responsible approach to development.
  • Proven Track Record--Over my 8-year tenure as an FUSD Trustee, City Council member, and Vice Mayor, I have been actively involved in our communities and worked to resolve pressing issues. I have studied each issue and voted to benefit the residents.
  • Passionate and Accessible Champion for the People--I am grateful for public input and shared knowledge. I am always available to meet with local groups and individuals for the betterment of the quality of life in Fremont.



Profession:Vice Mayor/Businesswoman/Parent
Vice Mayor, City of Fremont — Elected position (2016–current)
City Council Member, City of Fremont — Elected position (2014–current)
Board of Education Trustee, Fremont Unified School District — Elected position (2008–2014)


Vice Mayor Lily Mei grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Drexel University. Her diverse professional experience includes over 20 years in competitive analysis, product and channel management, supply chain practices and serving as a worldwide sales operations controller. Most recently, she led a global high-technology trade association representing industry leaders to develop best practices to advance intellectual property protection.

Since 1994, Vice Mayor Mei and her family have proudly called Fremont home, choosing our city for its family-friendly environment. She began her local service participating on numerous school-related committees, including the Fremont Unified Pupil Overload Task Force, Ad Hoc Budget Developers Fee Task Force, Fremont Council PTA School Board Liaison, a PTA Unit President, a PTA Vice President of Membership, and a School Site Council member.

Vice Mayor Mei is proud to be a contributor to the growing success of Fremont’s public education where she was elected twice as a School Board Trustee to the Fremont Unified School District serving from January 2008 to December 2014.

In addition to education, Vice Mayor Mei embraces diverse recreational and cultural programs serving as a volunteer and leader supporting local scouting and sports programs. She is a board member/advisor of Citizens for Better Community, Music for Minors II, and South Bay Chinese Service Club. Vice Mayor Mei also has been a dedicated supporter involved with community-focused groups encouraging civic engagement such as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Minority Women Leadership Day/Education Summit, and American Association of University Women.  

At the state level, Vice Mayor Mei was the President of the Asian Pacific Islander School Board Members Association (APISBMA) for California. During her tenure, Vice Mayor Mei worked to ensure APISBMA’s active participation on California School Board Association’s Council of Presidents to strengthen their partnership with ethnic school board member associations statewide. Regionally in the Bay area, she was elected by surrounding local school districts to two terms as a Delegate Assembly member for Region 7 which represents Alameda and Contra Costa counties. 

Vice Mayor Mei lives in Fremont with her husband, Peter, and their children, Katie and Calvin.


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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Fremont needs CHANGE!

As a longtime resident, I’ve seen development grow rampantly, contributing to standstill traffic and school overcrowding. Fremont needs to listen to citizen concerns and take a responsible approach to development. I am running to lead this change as a city leader who hears and understands your frustrations and concerns.

Before considering ANY new developments, we must ensure that they won’t overload city resources and infrastructure. I will not accept money from developers. 

In the past eight years as your elected public servant, I have actively engaged Fremont citizens. As the first Fremont Unified School District Board Trustee to go on to serve as a Councilmember, I have bridged the gap to ensure that our award-winning schools are a legislative priority. 

On City Council, I have thoroughly evaluated each issue and was not afraid to challenge questionable projects. I have championed the protection of open space and our beautiful hillsides. 

As your full-time Mayor, I will amplify YOUR voice. I will maintain Fremont’s fiscal accountability, strengthen public safety, and bring new jobs and economic growth. 

Together, we will make Fremont a hometown we can be proud of.

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