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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of ConcordCandidate for City Council

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Harmesh Kumar

11,728 votes (17.76%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • 1. Housing Affordability: I will push for better percentange of affordable housing especially for low income families whenever developers request for land in Concord. This is a family city first that houses people from all walks of life. As a mental
  • Empower Concord Neighborhoods with new businesses: As elected City Council member of Concord, I will fight to push for more businesses in the city of Concord so its residents won't feel the need to commute to larger cities for work. I will push for
  • Permit policy friendly to local businesses: Unnecessary fees to hurt businesses will have to be stopped. We cann't allow businesses to suffer for permit fees that require maintainence that should be by the city of Concord in the first place. I will



Profession:Dr. Harmesh Kumar is a mental health provider as a licensed neuro psychologist.
President & CEO, Therapeutic Residential Care Services Inc. (1994–current)
Sitting President, SABH Foundation Inc. — Appointed position (2009–current)
Chair, Concord Human Relations & Member of Concord's Measure Q Committee — Appointed position (2006–2010)
Consultant, World Health Organization — Appointed position (1983–1985)


UCSF (current)
UCSF Ph.D Degree , Clinical Neuro Psychology (1994)

Community Activities

Chair, Northern California Neuropsychological Forum (1995–2007)
Co-founder , The Hume Center Inc. (1993–2004)
Chair, Allied Health Professionals (1994–1995)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • East Bay Times

Elected Officials (4)

  • David J. Canepa - Vice Mayor of Daly City
  • Rishi Kumar - Council Member of Saratoga
  • Bill Nijjer - Council Member of Kerman
  • Kuldip Thusu - Council Member of Dinuba

Individuals (2)

  • Teresa Cox - Ohlone College, Trustee
  • Mae Torlakson - State Assembly Candidate District 14

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

My Commitment with the residents of Concord


I am the candidate of the people. I emphasize hard work and a dedication to the city I call home, Concord. I plan to work on House affordability, empower Concord Neighborhoods with new businesses, permit policy friendly to businesses and end lifetime Medical Coverage for city council members.

I intend to fix our redtape to expand local entrepreneurship, assist our local police department and fire department with better equipment and assistant. I look foward to working for the people starting from day one. 

I began my career in India as a psychologist in 1983, working with the World Health Organization’s Collaborative Center for Mental Health and Research. At this time I also taught General Psychology to Masters and Bachelors level nursing students at the PGIMER College of Nursing in Chandigarh, India. In addition, I was the Assistant Editor of the Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology, the official publication of Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, from 1984 to 1986.


I immigrated to the United States in 1990, teaching courses to graduate students at the Rosebridge School of Integrative Psychology. I have always been devoted to research in the neurobehavioral and neuropsychological fields. It was a few years later in 1993 that I co-founded The Hume Center, one of the largest mental health training centers in the Bay Area. I presided over it until 2004.


I got involved in community work very soon after my immigration to this country. I began participating in community health fairs hosted by various local organizations, to provide free mental health services to Veterans with PTSD, the Homeless, and Survivors of Domestic Violence. I have always believed that cost should never be a barrier to these necessary services.


I then began serving in leadership roles with numerous professional groups and organizations. I originally worked with the Federation of Indo-American Associations and the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin to provide free services, and soon went on to serve as the chair for the local chapter of the Allied Health Professionals in 1994 and 1995, and again in 2010. I also chaired a committee on cross-cultural issues in neuropsychology for the Northern California Neuropsychological Forum from 1995 to 1997.


After a few years of involvement with professional groups, I began working in the community. I served on the executive board of the Contra Costa Interfaith Council for more than 12 years, and it was with their help that I was able to start the annual Spring Festival in Downtown Concord in 2004. I also served as the president of the Federation of Indo-American Associations, a Board Member with the Monument Community Partnership in Concord, a member of the Advisory Council for the India Community Center, the chair of Concord’s Human Relations Commission from 2006 to 2010, a member of Concord’s Measure Q committee, overseeing the use of revenue generated by a city sales tax increase, and a Trustee with the Ik Onkar Peace Association, a group affiliated with the United Religions Initiative. It was with this group that I was able to attend the World Parliament of Religions that took place in Barcelona in 2004.


My work in Mental Health and Community Development has been recognized by Former President Bill Clinton, as well as members of our Congress, State Senate, State Assembly, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, and the Concord City Council.


Today I preside over two organizations. The first is my business, Therapeutic Residential Care Services. TRCS operates several state licensed assisted living facilities across California, serving the elderly and the developmentally disabled. The second is a nonprofit, the South Asian Behavioral Health and Training Center. The SABH Center works to provide mental health, residential care services, and cultural sensitivity training to all people.


It is this experience that I hope to use as your next Concord City Council member. I hope to get your vote for I will work for you. 


I am a licensed clinical psychologist and I operate my own private practice in Concord. I turned my lifelong joy of helping others into my profession, and I have worked in the mental health field for three decades. There is a saying that if you find joy in your work you will never work a day in your life, and I have found that to be true.


I am also an immigrant, I came to this country from my native India over 30 years ago and embarked on what we call the American Dream. After many years of sacrifice and hard work, I am now privileged to operate a network of well-recognized assisted living facilities across Northern and Central California.


However, in my success I have never lost sight of what is truly important about my job, and I take ensuring the well-being and happiness of those I am trusted in caring for very seriously. In addition, I still make time to offer free services to the most vulnerable in our community, such as veterans with PTSD, substance abusers, the homeless, and survivors of domestic violence.


I am very proud to live in a place like the Bay Area that is home to such a great representation of the so-called “Great American Melting Pot”. About 15 years ago I created the annual Spring Festival, which takes place in Todo Santos Plaza near my home in Concord, to provide a space for us to share our unique heritage. I have also served on the Contra Costa Interfaith Council. Our communities benefit immensely any time that we can find a way to discover the unity in our diversity.


I have had several other opportunities to serve my community that I am proud of. Since its inception, I have been in a position of providing oversight for Concord’s use of revenues generated by a half cent sales tax increase that city voters approved several years ago. Our elected officials must never forget that taxes are generated by the people that put them in office.


I chose to run for state government because for many years now I have been disheartened by what I have observed from today’s political machine. It is a blessing that the Bay Area is such as prosperous place, but many times we fail to take notice of those in our communities who don’t share that blessing, and unfortunately most of our elected officials don’t seem to either.



I ask for your support in the November 8th because I have seen the problems and holes in our social safety nets, and other shortcomings of our state government in my experience as a mental health professional, and I want to be a part of real solutions. We have a saying in India, that one must “light a candle” rather than “curse the darkness”, and that is what I wish to do as a member of Concord's City Council.



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