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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of GilroyCandidate for City Council

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Fred M. Tovar

Governing Board Member, Gilroy Unified School District
7,054 votes (18%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • LOCAL BUSINESS/DOWNTOWN:I will push to encourage new businesses to consider locating downtown. In addition, I will work to retain existing businesses. For the past eight years, I have continue to push and advocate to hire local businesses
  • SAFE COMMUNITY:Public Safety and providing basic services is the first and most fundamental aspect of the Council's responsibility. I will work to maintain community safety and adequate police and fire service and to staff above their current level
  • FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: I will closely examine of all our city’s expenditures. Fiscal responsibility is and will be at the top of my priority list. I fully understand financial statements and budgets and that proper management is so crucial.



Profession:President , Governing Board Member, Gilroy Unified School District. and Director of Student Affairs, Stanford University
Director of Student Affairs, Assistant Director of Admissions, PA, Stanford University School of Medicine (2001–current)
Board of Trustee - Gilroy Unified School District, Board of Trustee — Elected position (2008–current)
Board of Trustees -San Jose/Evergreen Valley College District, Board of Trustee — Elected position (2002–2006)


San Jose State Master of Arts (M.A.), Counseling/Education (2016)
Stanford University Continuing Studies, Continuing Studies (2006)
Saint Mary's College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology (1996)

Community Activities

Founder – Trustee Fred Tovar Education Scholarship, Trustee Fred Tovar Education Scholarship (2008–current)
Co-Founder “Sent from Heaven” Cap and Gown Project. , Given yearly to Mt. Madonna Continuation High School in Gilroy Unified School District students for their graduation (2010–current)
Founding Member: Latino Leadership Alliance & Leadership Academy w/Stanford, Latino Leadership Alliance (2010–current)


Since 2001, I've served as Director of Student Affairs/Assistant Director of Admissions, Civic Activism Course Instructor at the Stanford University School of Medicine-PA School. From 2002-2006 I served on the San Jose/Evergreen College Board (Board of Trustee). I attended Evergreen Valley College, graduated from Saint Mary's College with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Continuing Studies at Stanford University, and will receive a Master’s Degree in Counseling/Education from San Jose State in December.

Over the last eight years, I have devoted much of my time to serving as a board member for the Gilroy Unified School District. I currently serve as Board President and continue working diligently to provide our children with the highest quality academic opportunities. During my time on the Board of Education, GUSD has been a good steward of public funds, updated aging facilities, built new schools to accommodate growth and provided students with a rigorous curriculum and exciting signature educational programs, including the Biomedical Science Academy at Gilroy High School and the K-12 Spanish Dual Immersion Program.

My leadership and vision have helped keep our local schools family-friendly, safe and fiscally sound. During my tenure on the Board of Education, the District successfully passed two bond measures that have allowed us to modernize our schools, make safety improvements and upgrade technology so that local students could have access to modern, functional facilities that meet 21st century standards and better support instructional needs.  I am proud to have been endorsed by all of the following: The entire Current Gilroy Unified School District Board of Trustees, The Gilroy Police Officer's Association, The California State Employees Association (CSEA), Local Chapter 69, The President of the Gilroy Teachers Association (GTA), The League of Conservation Voters, The Sierra Club, The South County Democratic Club, The South Bay Labor Council, The Santa Clara County Democratic Party, and who has served on The San Jose-Evergreen Valley Community College Board of Trustees, and The Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education.




Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (6)

  • The South County Democratic Club
  • The League of Conservation Voters
  • The Sierra Club
  • The Gilroy Police Officer's Association
  • The California State Employees Association (CSEA), Local Chapter 69
  • The Santa Clara County Democratic Party

Elected Officials (1)

  • The entire Current Gilroy Unified School District Board of Trustees

Individuals (1)

  • The President of the Gilroy Teachers Association (GTA)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a longtime Gilroy resident, I am running for City Council to improve the quality of life for every member of our community. As I've put down roots and raised my own family here, I've taken an active role in making our city a great place to live and work. I'm committed to maintaining strong public safety, bringing the community together by revitalizing downtown, restoring the trust with local businesses, creating partnerships with education and others institutions to help all our school be the best they can be, Improve quality of life for current residents while accommodating new residents, allowing for more input from community on how large our city will grow in the future, and be the strong voice that Gilroy needs locally and nationally.

In addition, I am running for Gilroy City Council in an attempt to bring to City Hall what many Gilroy residents have desperately have looked for in our leaders: the willingness to make tough decisions, trustworthiness and the integrity to be a true representative who listens to constituents and makes decisions in terms of what is best for our citizens and the city.


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