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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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Partido Democráta del Condado de Santa Clara — Partido DemócrataCandidato para Comite Central del Condado, Distrito 28

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Phil Stupak

Tech Policy Attorney
7,100 votos (3.58%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Build a modern, tech savvy local party
  • Expand party outreach to new voters
  • Ensure local needs are heard by visiting national political leaders



Profesión:Cybersecurity consultant & attorney
Director of Cybersecurity & Information Systems, Clark Street Associates (2015–current)
Consultant, Stupak Consulting (2013–2015)
Advisor to the Under Secretary for Science & Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security — Cargo designado (2013–2013)
Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security — Cargo designado (2011–2013)
Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives — Cargo designado (2010–2011)


University of Richmond JD, Law student (2004)
University of California, Berkeley BA, Political Science (2001)

Actividades comunitarias

Electee, Order of the Golden Bear (2016–current)


After serving in President Obama's Administration, Phil returned to the South Bay to work as an attorney and consultant helping local companies develop innovative cybersecurity, privacy, and machine learning solutions to complex national security problems. He has run local, state, and national campaigns across the country, including establishing new Democratic Party organizations. After regularly attending monthly Central Committee meetings as an alternate for 2 years, Phil is eager to take on a leadership role on our Santa Clara County Democratic Party Central Committee.

Phil has a BA from UC Berkeley and a JD from University of Richmond. He is married to Leah Stupak, who is also a tech attorney, and they have two children, Emme (7) and Henry (4). They live in Saratoga where Emme attends Blue Hills Elementary School.

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de League of Women Voters (3)

What would you do to increase the number of registered voters?
Respuesta de Phil Stupak:

Secretary of State Alex Padilla's overhauls to voter registration are a much needed first step. But I would go further.

Universal Form Registration. Every state form should have a voter registration box that asks whether the person filling out the form is a U.S. citizen and will be 18 by the next election--checking yes on both boxes should automatically register you to vote. Safeguards should be put into place to ensure that the information collected regarding citizenship is only used for voter registration purposes and is not shared with other databases or for other state purposes.

Public School Registration. While the Universal Form Registration would make it easier to register once you are 18, we should also make it easier for youth to register to vote by using public school enrollment forms to create a database of when children turn 18, and automatically register them to vote at that time. A secondary form should be sent home with the last report card before a child turns 18 that asks whether the child would like to register for a particular political party and/or will need an absentee ballot for either the next primary or general election.

Easy Absentee Voting. Registering to vote is only the first hurdle. Tuesday elections are often impossible for some voters to attend. We should automatically mail an absentee form to every voter who failed to vote in the last election. Additionally, all voter registration forms should ask whether the voter wants to vote via mail. Additionally, these absentee ballots should not preclude a voter from actually going to the polls--we need only determine after an election whether an absentee voter showed up to their polling place and then count their absentee ballot should they have declined to vote in person.

How would you work to promote your party with the electorate?
Respuesta de Phil Stupak:

As a party, we need to be more accessible to the electorate.

Digital Engagement. A first step is redesigning the Santa Clara County Democratic Party’s website so that it is easy to navigate. Each page should have a series of easy-to-find one-pagers that explain the content of the page. For example, the Central Committee page should explain what the Central Committee does, how it operates, relevant business you may bring to the Committee, and how to attend meetings. The focus of these pages should be a concise explanation in ordinary English. We should also work to have translations in Spanish, Mandarin, Hindi, Vietnamese, and every other language supported by the Board of Elections.

We the Local People. As part of President Obama’s Administration, I loved that we enabled a digital engagement with the electorate through the We the People website where any petition receiving a certain number of “likes” would receive an official review and reply. This same model should be brought to the local Democratic Party where any member of the electorate should be able to petition the party to address an issue and expect formal action provided 20 additional “likes” are added from the County. This is the type of modernization that should be added to the Santa Clara County Democratic Party’s website.

Personal Engagement. Not everyone is online. As a Party, we should have regular events (like coffees) to talk with the electorate. These coffees should have multiple party leaders, held at rotating local businesses, and be well publicized. Working in Congress, I always found that Representatives were happiest when they provided strong constituent services to their district; and I believe the same is true for political parties—leadership should be happiest solving problems afflicting the electorate, or else they shouldn’t be in leadership.

Why did you become a member of this political party?
Respuesta de Phil Stupak:

"We the people, in order to form a more perfect union," is an outstanding foundational statement for government. It recognizes two things:

  1. Government is a collection of people -- not some nebulous entity
  2. We are imperfect beings striving to be more perfect

I am a proud Democrat because our party also recognizes these two central themes of our Constitution.

Government is People. The Democratic Party believes in using the rule of law to bring together the people, through their representatives, to discuss and solve problems facing our society. When the other party attacks government as the problem, they are really attacking the people. This breaks down the rule of law and returns us to a Hobbesian "war of every person against every person" where life is "brutish, nasty, and short." Society exists because we have mechanisms for averting a war between every person, and the most successful mechanism for doing so is a civic government of the people. I am a Democrat because I belief that government is the people.

A More Perfect Union. This morning, we did not awaken to a perfect nation. Too many communities are marginalized based on gender, race, identity, or national origin. Forming a more perfect union means that we must strive to demarginalize all communities so that everyone has an opportunity to pursue their own happiness. Every day, our goal should be to accomplish something that will result in a more perfect union tomorrow. My former boss, President Obama, puts this a more elegant way by quoting Martin Luther King, Jr. and Theodore Parker when he says, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” I am a Democrat because I believe that a more perfect union is only attainable through social justice for all.


Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

Phil is a pragmatic progressive who believes that negotiation, compromise, and hard work are the only way to accomplish big things.

While working for President Obama, Phil negotiated for two years with the European Union to achieve a landmark 2012 U.S.-EU data privacy agreement balancing privacy and security. He helped President Obama’s Pivot Toward Asia by forging a closer relationship with India through launching the 2011 U.S.-India Homeland Security Dialogue, which represents the highest level cooperative agreement between the world’s two largest democracies. He also initiated the first Secretary-level discussions with China over cybersecurity, which led to President Obama and President Xi’s U.S.-China Cyber Agreement.

These international achievements were not easy. They required persistent negotiation, compromise, and hard work. This is the same political philosophy Phil will bring to the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee.


Much like his former boss, President Obama, Phil will be a pragmatic local party leader willing to negotiate, compromise, and work for incremental wins that grow into significant progressive victories overtime.

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