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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of FremontCandidate for City Council, District 3

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David Paul Bonaccorsi

Appointed City Councilmember
2,515 votes (36.71%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reducing Traffic/Implementing Fremont's Vision Zero and eliminate cut-through traffic
  • Protecting neighborhoods to prevent excessive neighborhood develoment while preserving our past such as Cloverleaf Bowl
  • Enhancing public safety by fully funding police and fire to ensure safety on our streets and homes, and strengthening city/school partnerships.



Profession:Small Businessperson
Partner, Bernard, Balgley & Bonaccorsi, LLP (2012–current)
Councilmember, Fremont City Council — Appointed position (2017–current)
Fremont Planning Commissioner, Fremont Planning Commission — Appointed position (2007–2017)
Chair, Successor Agency of Fremont's Dissolved RDA Oversight Board — Appointed position (2012–2015)
Member, Integrated Waste Management Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2005–2007)


Santa Clara University School of Law J.D., Law (1986)
Santa Clara University Bachelor of Science, Political Science and Italian (1983)
Washington High School High School Diploma (1979)

Community Activities

Board Member, Citizens for Better Community (2014–current)
Board Member and Board Vice-President, Abode Services (2012–2017)
Board Member, Fremont Symphony Orchestra (2016–2017)
Board Member, Music at the Mission (2013–2016)
Past President and Board Member, Fremont Education Foundation (2002–2011)


I grew up in Fremont and attended Fremont’s public schools (Maloney, Glenmoor, Centerville Junior High), graduating from Washington High School. I attended Santa Clara University, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree, and then graduating cum laude from the Santa Clara University School of Law.

Prior to serving on the Fremont City Council, I served for 10 years on the Fremont Planning Commission and was twice elected Planning Commission Chair.

I have practiced law in the Tri-City area since 1987, and have been active in our community, working with many organizations.

I live in the Centerville area with my wife Teresa, who is a Fremont Unified School District elementary school principal, and with our two children, Paolo Francesco and Chiara Maria.

As a second-generation American whose grandparents variously came from Italy, the Netherlands, and Great Britain, I have a keen sense of kinship with the immigrant families who have made Fremont their home, where over 42% of Fremont’s residents were born outside the United States.

I consider myself a cheerleader for all things Fremont. I believe in greater collaboration between our City and our schools, support making Fremont a magnet for clean-tech and advanced manufacturing companies, and strive to ensure that Fremont remains a great place to live, work and play.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Alameda Labor Council
  • Business for Good Government, a Political Action Committeee of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce

Organizations (18)

  • Northern California Caprenters Regional Council
  • Fremont Unified District Teachers Association
  • Fremont Police Association
  • East Bay Times
  • Fremont Fire Fighters, Local 1689
  • Muslim Democrats and Friends
  • Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County
  • CSEA
  • Operating Engineers, Local 3
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Evolve
  • Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union No. 104
  • Engage Fremont
  • Asia Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County
  • South Alameda County Young Democrats
  • Tri City Democratic Forum
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Brownie Mary Democratic Club

Elected Officials (20)

  • Richard Valle, Alameda County Supervisor
  • Michele Berke, Fremont Unified School District Trustee
  • Paul Sethy, Alameda County Water District Director
  • Eileen McDonald, Alameda County School Board Trustee
  • Ann Crosbie, Fremont Unified School District Trustee
  • Greg Bonaccorsi, Ohlone College Board Trustee
  • Newark Mayor Al Nagy
  • Assemblymember Bill Quirk
  • Assemblymember Kansen Chu
  • Scott Haggerty, Alameda County Supervisor
  • Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County District Attorney
  • Fremont Councilmember Raj Salwan
  • Aziz Akbari, Alameda County Water District Director
  • Tom Handley, Union Sanitary District Director
  • Newark City Councilmember Michael Hannon
  • Newark City Councilmember Mike Bucci
  • Pat Kite, Union Sanitary District Director
  • Union City Councilmember Gary Singh
  • Susanville City Councilmember Mendy Schuster

Individuals (57)

  • David Sheen, Fremont Library Advisory Commissioner
  • Beth Rasler
  • Christina Valdez
  • Greg Galati
  • Phina Chen
  • Lisa Stambaugh
  • Salim Mastan
  • Joanne Taylor
  • Jeevan Zutshi
  • Anna Muh, former Fremont Unified School District Trustee
  • Peggy Herndon, former Fremont Unified School District Trustee
  • Nina Moore, former Fremont Unified School District Trustee
  • Bryan Gebhardt, former Fremont Unified School District Trustee
  • Ishan Shah, former Ohlone College Board Trustee
  • Jim Peterson, former Fremont Unified School District Trustee
  • Kathy Kimberlin
  • Debra Pearson
  • Cindy Uliana
  • Toni Shellen
  • Mellicent Fraticelli
  • Thomas & Edie Birbeck
  • Linda Dewlaney
  • Doug Ford
  • Shuja Ahmed
  • Leslie McGarry
  • Reshma Karipineni, Fremont Planning Commissioner
  • Brannin Dorsey, Fremont Planning Commissioner
  • Ripple Leung, Fremont Planning Commissioner
  • Paddy Iyer, Fremont Human Relations Commissioner
  • Roman Reed, Fremont Planning Commissioner
  • Sonia Khan, Fremont Human Relations Commissioner
  • Lance Kwan, Fremont Human Relations Commissioner
  • Carolyn Obata, Fremont Environmental Sustainability Commissioner
  • Linnette Young, Fremont Senior Citizens Commissioner
  • Newark Mayor Emeritus David Smith
  • Linda Wasserman, Fremont Senior Citizens Commissioner
  • Delaine Eastin, former CA State Superintendent of Schools
  • City of Fremont Mayor Emeritus Gus Morrison
  • City of Fremont Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison
  • Moina Shaiq, Fremont Historical Architectural Review Board
  • Barbara Meerjens, Fremont Art Review Board
  • Felix Lechner, Fremont Library Advisory Commissioner
  • Dr. Romesh Japra
  • Kevin Dowling, former Hayward Councilmembe
  • Union City Mayor Emeritus Mark Green
  • Tim Tran, Fremont Economic Development Advisory Commissioner
  • Richard Godfrey, MD, Fremont Environmental Sustainability Commission Chair
  • Nahid Fattahi
  • Randy Sabado
  • Gerry Low Sabado
  • Jane Lin
  • Tarrah Henrie
  • Kay Emanuele
  • Belinda Wong Eugster
  • Neal Greenberg
  • Dexter Lat

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

We face gridlocked traffic and high housing costs – and while we’ve taken steps to tackle these challenges and seize new possibilities as a community, there is much more we must do. In fact, there is much more I plan to do to keep Fremont a great place for all of us.

When I first addressed the Council as a Councilmember, I said that being appointed was the greatest joy of my professional life. That remains true to this day: it is my great honor and privilege to serve you on Fremont’s City Council.

A lifelong Fremont resident who attended our public schools, I choose to raise my family here. Walking door-to-door, from 28 Palms to Parkmont, we have discussed our shared hopes, and community concerns. I am running for City Council to improve our quality of life.

My priorities include:

Reducing Traffic/Implementing Fremont’s Vision Zero

Two-thirds of commuters neither live nor work in Fremont. Let’s eliminate cut-through traffic by:

  • installing turn restrictions
  • issuing more traffic citations
  • removing streets from navigation apps 

At the same time, we need to work on improving traffic signalization, repaving, and repairing our streets for residents.

Protecting Our Neighborhoods

I’m fighting to enact stringent standards preventing excessive neighborhood development while preserving our past such as Cloverleaf Family Bowl.

Enhancing Public Safety

It's essential that we fully fund police and fire to ensure public safety on our streets and in our homes.

Strengthening City/School Partnerships

I advocate collaboration with our schools on the City of Fremont /Fremont Unified School District Liaison Committee, and championed for a new school through the city’s significant land donation to Fremont Unified School District to benefit District 3 students.

Experience, Engagement, and Enthusiasm!

My leadership, experience and independence have earned support and endorsement from working families, community preservationists, small business owners, and our neighbors.

Position Papers

Cloverleaf Family Bowl; City Planning 101 and other topics


On September 18, the Council unanimously approved my referral on Cloverleaf Family Bowl for historic evaluation.  Since 1959, Cloverleaf Family Bowl has been a landmark and gathering place for generations in Fremont.

Please see my blog entry on Cloverleaf Family Bowl and other topics at

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