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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Santa Clara City CouncilCandidate for Council Member, District 2

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Raj Chahal

Santa Clara Business Owner
2,690 votes (53.35%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Stand Up and Protect Santa Claran's Quality of Life: Focus on Smart, Balanced, Controlled and Collaborative growth which should not only benefit developers but the ordinary resident too. TDM panelties and mitigate traffic.
  • Stop Inappropriate High-Density Housing: Stop inappropriate high-density housing which does not fit in existing neighborhoods and causes traffic congestion.
  • Affordable Housing & Fair Rent Initiatives: We need public-private initiatives to tackle affordable housing issue, I will have developer businesses like Intel, nVidia, etc. to contribute towards our affordable housing and fair rent initiatives.



Profession:Santa Clara Small Business Owner
Executive, Genstor Systems, Inc. (2005–current)
Planning Commissioner, City of Santa Clara — Appointed position (2013–current)
International Exchange Commissioner, City of Santa Clara — Appointed position (2011–2012)
Member - Charter Review Committee - 2011, City of Santa Clara — Appointed position (2011–2012)


KUK MBA, Finance & Marketing (1989)
Punjab University MS, Physics (1986)

Community Activities

President and Board Member, Santa Clara Sister Cities Association (2012–current)
Board of Director, Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends (2014–current)
Board Member, Mission City Community Foundation (2013–2018)
Scoutmaster & Founding Member, Boy Scouts Troop 600 (2009–2012)


I have lived in Santa Clara with my wife, Daljit, a preschool teacher, for 23 years. My wife and I have raised two sons - the older one is  graduate from Santa Clara University and the younger one is junior at Dartmouth College. As a small business owner in Santa Clara, city planning commissioner, and community activist, I am eager to get to work on the following issues for an even better Santa Clara for people like you and me and our generations to come:


·        Building community engagement and putting residents first by informing, consulting, and involving residents

·        Smart, balanced, controlled and collaboraitive growth to protect neighborhoods quality of life.

·        Stand up to the developers who propose inappropriate high density housing which causes traffic congestion and displaces small businesses

·        I will fight tirelessly for our working class through affordable housing and fair rent initiatives.

·        An open, transparent, and informative local government

·        Solving our growing traffic problem

·        Making analytical fiscal decisions for our city

·        Keeping Santa Clarans safe

·        Investing in our youth and seniors

For my continued community service and engagement, I have been awarded with the following awards by elected officials and other organizations:

·        Community Heroes Award from CA Senator Bob Wieckowski for 2017

·        Community Heroes Award from CA Assemblymember Kansen Chu for 2018

·        Character Award from Boy Scouts of America - Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council 2018

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Teresa O’Neill, Council Member - City of Santa Clara
  • The Mercury News
  • Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club

Elected Officials (9)

  • Bob Wieckowski, CA State Senator - District 10
  • Rishi Kumar, Council Member - City of Saratoga
  • Raj Salwan, Council Member - City of Fremont
  • Jim Canova, Governing Board Member - SCUSD & MetroEd
  • Ash Kalra, Assemblymember - CA District 27
  • Patricia Mahan, Council Member and Former Mayor - Santa Clara
  • Will Kennedy, Former Council Member - City of Santa Clara
  • ​John McLemore, Former Council Member - City of Santa Clara
  • Don Rocha, Candidate SC County Supervisor, Council Member - City of San Jose

Individuals (13)

  • Lee Broughman, V Chair Board of Library Trustees - Santa Clara
  • Barbara A. “Bobbi” Estrada, Chair Senior Advisory Commission - City of Santa Clara
  • Grant L McCauley, V Chair Senior Advisory Commission - City of Santa Clara
  • Dr. Mohammed Nadeem, Former Civil Services Commissioner - City of Santa Clara
  • J.L. "Spike" Standifer, Historical and Landmarks Commissioner
  • Michael O’Halloran, Former Planning Commissioner - Santa Clara
  • Tim Quigley, President - Sister Cities International Foundation
  • Andrew Knaack, V Chair Park & Rec. Commission - Santa Clara
  • Lance Saleme, Planning Commissioner - City of Santa Clara
  • Keith Stattenfield, Former Chair, Planning Commission, Santa Clara
  • Suds Jain, Chair, Planning Commission, Santa Clara
  • Bill Boerum, Chairman Emeritus, Sister Cities International
  • Harbir K Bhatia, Cultural Commissioner - City of Santa Clara

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

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