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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Santa Clara City CouncilCandidate for City Council, District 5

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Patricia Mahan

11,384 votes (32.78%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Restore city services to provide the best service possible to our residents and businesses, making Santa Clara a safer and more responsive city
  • Reduce traffic congestion by eliminating bottlenecks within our city, keeping El Camino Real open to traffic, improving traffic light synchronization.
  • Stop the overdevelopment of massive apartment complexes where not compatible with our neighborhoods. Include more affordable units in every development and keep housing in character with the neighborhoods.



Profession:Attorney/Businesswoman. I have owned and operated my private practice of law for 35 years, with offices in Santa Clara.
Law Offices of Patricia Mahan, Self Employed Attorney (1980–current)
Council member, City of Santa Clara — Elected position (2010–2014)
Trustee, West Valley Mission Community College District Governing Board — Elected position (1985–1992)


Santa Clara University School of Law; San Jose State University J.D.; B.A. , Law degree from Santa Clara University; B.A. and teaching credentials in Speech Communication and English (1980)

Community Activities

Member, Santa Clara Historic Home Tour Committee (2014–current)
Member, Santa Clara Woman's Club (2014–current)
Secretary, Charter Member, Mission City Community Foundation (2014–current)
Member, Soroptimist International of Silicon Valley (2012–current)
Director and Past President, Mission City Community Fund (2010–2016)


 Born and raised in Santa Clara, I attended local schools and graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1980. Since then, I have owned my private practice, specializing in tax and estate planning. I am married to John Boyles, a retired San Jose police sergeant, and have one son, Colin, who is attending the Culinary Institute of America in New York. My stepson Sean and his wife Roan, both artists, own and operate “The Arsenal”, an art supply store in San Jose.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters
  • South Bay Labor Council Committee on Political Education (COPE)

Organizations (3)

  • Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee
  • Santa Clara Firefighters Local 1171
  • Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce

Individuals (6)

  • Santa Clara City Manager (Ret.) Don Von Raesfeld
  • Chief of Police (Ret.) Steve Lodge
  • Council member Pat Kolstad
  • Council member Jerry Marsalli
  • State Assemblymembers Evan Low and Kansen Che
  • Former Santa Clara Mayors Larry Fargher and Larry Marsalli

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have served Santa Clara for more than 20 years, as commissioner on Historic and Landmarks Commission, as councilmember, and as Mayor (2002-2010). Santa Clara is a diverse, unique, and special city, and I will always strive to do what’s best for our residents, our businesses, our workers, our people. I seek election to Seat #4 to serve our city and to bring experience and leadership to the council. 

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