By Thomas MacDevitt
I’m Thomas MacDevitt, and I’m declaring my candidacy for the office of City Clerk for the city of Santa Clara.
For nigh on twenty years my family has been proud to call Santa Clara our home. During this time, I’ve seen how we have had a revolving door of politicians swapping elected seats in our city. This system has locked out those who want to bring a change to our “politics as usual”. Our system of electing council members is so flawed, that it took an imminent lawsuit to finally get the incumbents to bring forth an alternative process.
There are several tasks that the City Clerk office performs for the citizens of Santa Clara, but the two most important of these, in my opinion are: 1) the recording and maintaining of a full and true record of all the proceedings of the City Council 2) serving as the city auditor. These duties ensure that the elected officials are not only on the record for how they govern, but also that they are not attempting to spend our City’s coffers in an illegal manner. This is why we need a competent outsider from the current politic bloc to be our next City Clerk.
Why in the past 12 months have multiple elected and appointed officials resigned in Santa Clara? I look forward to serving the citizens by making sure that the sunshine laws that are in place, are actually followed. A true neutral voice in advising the council on the legality of the actions they take will finally be in place, and not yet another connected government employee.
My wife Cathy and our infant son Tommy, moved to Santa Clara in 1998. Our second son, Matthew, was born two years later. In these twenty years, I have been involved in my community through serving on nonprofit boards, commissions, and school site councils. My career in software development has prepared me well for the tasks and duties needed to be a City Clerk, as reviewing documents and then insuring the instructions contained therein are carried out correctly is how I’ve supported my family for the past twenty-eight years. In addition to my work in the field of software development, I am also a licensed Realtor, and have earned my Master of Arts in Education. In the procurement of that degree I had the privilege to student teach at Peterson Middle School.
I look forward to working to provide all the residents of Santa Clara with the service they deserve from the City Clerk’s office.