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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Campbell Union High School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Basil Saleh

Policy Aide
20,971 votes (15.29%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Support teachers by: 1) Backing the district's "For the Kids" plan, securing more unrestricted funds to provide teachers & staff a cost-of-living wage raise, and 2) Increase staff collaboration on classroom & grading policy.
  • Improve student mental health services by making them more accessible and private, and ensure LGBTQ+ safe support
  • Standardizing special education instruction across the district to establish best practices, and create a clear special education plan. Including flexibility in Sp.Ed budgets to better serve quality curriculum to students on the autism spectrum.



Profession:Policy Aide
Legislative Intern, Tenants Together (2018–2018)
Civil Engagement & Gov. Relations Intern, Santa Clara Valley Water District (2018–2018)
Policy Intern, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Office of Aaron Peskin (2017–2017)
Social Media Manager, Father/Daughter Records (2017–2017)
Professional Musician, Self-employed (2014–2016)


University of San Francisco Media Studies (current)

Community Activities

Campaign Volunteer, Yes on "F" (Tenants Right to Counsel) (2018–2018)
Producer & Host, online radio (2016–2017)
Election Inspector, Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters (2016–2016)
Community Organizer, Tenderloin Votes (2015–2015)


Like many young folks, my postgraduate path wasn't clearly paved. It was instead presented as the Bay Area I grew up in, defined by a period of both incredible innovation, and unfortunate inequities.  

I saw the latter transform my neighborhood and my world, and my mission became to stand tall and create a better future for myself, my family, my friends, and the home community I was losing.If my love of studying history lent me any perspective, the greatest one was a deep understanding for the importance of the NOW. I had the fortune of being born in the shadow of great leaders, and now it's my turn to cast my own. 


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Evan Low (California Assemblyman, Campbell)
  • Santa Clara County Democratic Party
  • Campbell High School Teachers Association

Organizations (4)

  • Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC)
  • Silicon Valley Young Dems
  • Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club
  • Run For Something

Elected Officials (10)

  • Fiona Ma (California Board of Equalization)
  • Susan Ellenberg (San Jose Unified School District Board President)
  • Jim Beall (State Senator)
  • Ash Kalra (California State Assemblyman)
  • Omar Torres (Franklin-McKinley School District Trustee)
  • Peter Ortiz (Mt. Pleasant School District Trustee)
  • Julie Reynolds-Grabbe (Moreland School District Trustee)
  • Rev. Jethro Moore (Silicon Valley NAACP President)
  • Paul Resnikoff (Campbell Mayor)
  • Ken Yeager (Santa Clara County Supervisor)

Individuals (2)

  • Andrea Ciplikas (CEO, CUHSD Ed Foundation)
  • David Ginsborg (Deputy to the County Assessor)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Elected boards govern from the sum of their pieces of personal experience. My perspective, as the current board's does, helps the rest of the governing body to create a fuller array of experiences represented. That will, in turn, allow better usage of our limited resources to truly serve our large district community to the fullest capacity.

Videos (2)

— October 12, 2018 Orchard City Indivisible

A clip from an early speech of Basil's explaining why, for young people, like members of historically oppressed groups, being told to "wait your turn" (for political representation) not an option.

— October 16, 2018 Basil Saleh

October 7, 2018 - Candidate for Campbell Union High School District addresses a local crowd at the San Jomecoming student art reception at Social Policy.

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