Santa Clara Connections: Don Rocha – Candidate for County Supervisor
By Don Rocha
My name is Donald Rocha and for the past six and a half years, I’ve served as a city councilmember. I’m currently running to represent District 4 on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
Let me tell you about why I’m running for Supervisor. My service as a public official comes from my desire to serve the community where I have lived for my entire life. I grew up in Santa Clara County as the son of two teachers. They worked in local schools, helping to build our community by educating the next generation. I started a family in 2001 and as I have watched my kids grow up, I feel compelled to follow my parents’ example of public service. I ran for a seat on the San Jose City Council because I want to help ensure that our kids can grow up in a community with the same high quality of life and the same access to opportunity that we have all been blessed with. After serving two terms on the City Council, I would like an opportunity to continue that work on the Board of Supervisors.
In my time at the City of San Jose I have tackled quite a few thorny issues, from regulating out-of-control marijuana dispensaries, to reforming the pension system, to increasing funding for an under-resourced park maintenance division. On controversial issues there can be many competing voices, some of them very loud, but I always try to stay centered on the reason I ran for office in the first place. I think of the people I see in our community every day: the parents working two jobs to pay the rent and provide for their children; the elderly person who relies on a City lunch program for nourishment and social connection; the young kids I see when I coach my three kids’ sports teams, full of energy and promise. These are people who may not show up in the Council Chambers when an important decision is about to be made, but I always try to think of their interests, focusing on serving the public as best I can.
It is my belief that my background and experience is one that separates me from other candidates, and therefore provides me the unique qualifications that would best serve your community and its residents. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail.
Editor’s Note: Don Rocha is one of several candidates for the Santa Clara County Supervisor District 4 seat (currently held by Ken Yeager) that serves Santa Clara. He is a San Jose City Councilman. He submitted this to Santa Clara News Online.