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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of SunnyvaleCandidate for City Council, Seat 6

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Jim Davis

13,366 votes (33.47%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Affordable Housing
  • Transportation
  • Public Safety



Profession:Retired Public Safety Officer
Council Member, City of Sunnyvale (2012–current)
Council Member, City of Sunnyvale — Elected position (2012–current)
Executive Committee, Association of Bay Area Governments — Appointed position (2014–current)
Commissioner, Santa Clara County Expressway Commission — Appointed position (2012–current)
Board Member, Santa Clara County Emergency Operations Council — Appointed position (2012–current)
Vice Chairman, Valley Transportation Policy Advisory Council — Appointed position (2013–current)


San Jose State University Bachelor of Science, Political Science (1975)
West Valley Community College Associate of Science, Administration of Justice (1973)

Community Activities

Board Member, VTA Policy Advisory Board (2013–current)
Board Member, VTA Bus Rapid Transit Policy Advisory Board (2015–current)
Board Member , Grand Blvd Committee (2012–current)
Board Member , Cal Train Modernization Committee (2012–current)
Committee Member , California League of Cities Public Safety Committee (2012–current)


Jim served as a law enforcement officer and fire fighter for 36 years before retiring in 2011.  There were many outstanding achievements over his career but being chosen by his peers as Officer of the Year in 2009 was a highpoint. Jim spent the last 6 years of his career serving the schools in our City.  His service to the schools was noted by service awards that he was given by, Ellis Elementary, Vargas Elementary and Sunnyvale Middle Schools.  Beyond Jim's service to his community Jim also is very involved with Kiwanis, an International Public Service Organization.  He currently serves as the President of the Silicon Valley Kiwanis Club.  Kiwanis recognized his service in 2003 naming him Kiwanian of the Year.  Again in 2008 Jim was recognized by Kiwanis with a Certificate of Excellence.  As a member of Kiwanis Jim has also taken on the responsibility as advisor to Key Clubs at both Homestead and Fremont High Schools.  He also acts as the Advisor to the Sunnyvale Middle School Builders Club.  Jim also is a Region Advisor for Key Clubs from San Francisco to Montrey.  In 2011 the Key Club District named Jim Advisor of the Year.  Volunteering is a way of life for Jim.  In 2005, then Mayor Ron Swegles, presented to Jim the Award for  Volunteer of the Year at the annual State of the City event. One of Jim's cherished awards came during his last year of service wihen the SNAIL Neighborhood Association presented him with an award recognizing his service to the community.  Jim has dedicated his life to service and the aboved mentioned recognitions demonstrate his commitment.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (4)

  • Sunnyvale Public Safety Officers Association
  • South Bay Labor Council Committee on Political Education

Elected Officials (28)

  • Senator Jerry Hill
  • Los Altos Hills Mayor John Harpootian
  • Gilroy Council Member Peter Munoz
  • Santa Clara Water District Board Member Rich Santos
  • Sunnyvale Former Mayor Tony Spitaleri
  • Sunnyvale Former Mayor Otto Lee
  • Sunnyvale Former Mayor John Howe
  • Sunnyvale Former Mayor Pat Castillo
  • Sunnyvale Former Mayor Julia Miller
  • Former San Jose Council Member Pete Constant
  • Former State Assembly Member Jim Cunneen
  • Former County Supervisor Pete McHugh
  • Former County Supervisor Rod Diridon Sr.
  • Milpitas Vice Mayor Carmen Montano
  • Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves
  • Campbell Mayor Jason Baker
  • Assembly Member Rich Gordon
  • Assembly Member David Chiu
  • Congressman Mike Honda
  • Supervisor Dave Cortese
  • Sheriff Lauie Smith
  • Sunnyvale Mayor Glen Hendricks
  • Mt. View Council Member Mike Klasperzak
  • Mt. View Council Member John McAlister
  • Santa Clara Council Woman Debi Davis
  • Former Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews
  • Cupertino Council Member Rod Sinks
  • Cupertino Council Member Gilbert Wong

Individuals (2)

  • Adam Sims
  • Charlie Olson

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Jim is a strong supporter of open government with an eye for fiscal responsibility.

Position Papers

Affordable Housing


A plan to move the City of Sunnyvale forward on the issues of Affordable Housing.

Income disparity is widening the gap in the cost of housing.  With the cost of an acre of land approaching $6 million, affordable housing is somewhat out of the question.  The solution lies with Santa Clara County's sponsorship of an Affordable Housing Bond, this fall. When passed, this will provide adequte funds that we can leverage to provide working people housing in our community.

Traffic Congestion


A plan that we can use to help mitigate the increase of traffic that the City is experiencing.

This candidate is advocating for Personal Rapid Transit.  This above ground rail system is powered by solar energy and takes passenger directly to their destination without intervening stops. Realizing this is somewhat in the future, in the interim we need to pass Measure B on this years ballot.  This 1/2 cent sales tax will provide Sunnyvale money to enhance our Expressways, get us ready for the electrictficatoin of Cal Train and provide money for a wide variety of traffic, biike and pedestrian improvements.

Public Safety Improvements


A plan to prioritize our Public Safety Department.

With the recession came cut backs that adversely affected our community.  Currently, the needs of the community dictate the elimination of mandatory officer overtime, a strengthened traffic unit to address traffic concerns, a Haz Mat crew capable of emergency response, a year-round burglary suppression team to address the increase in property crimes and sworn officers available at headquarters to respons to the public at all times.  This will require the hiring of more officer, certainly a high priority of this candidate

Videos (1)

— October 14, 2016 KMTV

Jim discusses his aspirations for the next 4 years.

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