Endorsement Process

SVAPADC conducts endorsement interviews for every election in June and November.

Some of the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club endorsements include:


June, 2014

Paul Fong for San José City Council

Kathy Sutherland for San José City Council

Buu Thai for San José City Council

Dave Cortese for San Jose Mayor

Evan Low for California State Assembly

Mike Honda for Congress


November, 2014

Margaret Abe-Koga for El Camino Hospital Board

Raul Peralez for San José City Council

Maya Esparza for San José City Council

Ellen Kamei for Mountain View City Council

Corey Wolbach for Palo Alto City Council

Deepka Lalwani for San José City Council

November, 2015

Tim Orozco for San José City Council, District 4. For more information, visit website.

Screen_Shot_2015-05-27_at_11.12.25_PM.pngMeet Tim.

As a San Jose native, Tim Orozco is committed to making our City better and an even greater place to live, work, and play. Tim is a product of Berryessa public schools and a proud graduate of Piedmont Hills High School. In our community, he has also served as a St. Victor’s Church Youth Minister and a North Valley United Youth Soccer League Coach. 

Tim serves as a Legislative Aide to State Senator Bob Wieckowski, representing the communities of Berryessa, North San Jose, and Alviso.  In this capacity, Tim is committed to excellence in constituent services, facilitating public participation in policymaking, and organizing state and local resources to make our neighborhoods a better place every day.

As a community college instructor, Tim developed a passion for  education and taught the value of public service. Tim is an active member of neighborhood groups including the Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council and Berryessa Business Association and is volunteer for local charitable organizations. 

Tim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of San Francisco and a Masters in Public Administration at San Diego State University. He currently lives in the Noble Neighborhood of Berryessa. 

June, 2016

Ash Kalra for California State Assembly (AD-27) (Early Endorsement). For more information, visit website.

AKalra.jpgMeet Ash.

Ash Kalra has called San Jose home for over 36 years. In that time, he has developed a passion for serving his neighbors and making sure that our government is solving problems – not creating them.

Ash made history by becoming the first Indian-American to be elected to the San Jose City Council, where he currently represents District 2. In his time as a Councilmember, he has fought against cuts to public safety including standing up in favor of restoring the SJPD burglary unit and Violent Crimes Enforcement Team, worked to provide incentives for companies to locate and grow in San Jose and has been a champion for more transit options including the BART to Silicon Valley extension. Ash has been a voice for public safety, better schools, improved public transportation and a healthier environment.

While serving on the Council, Ash has been a law professor at Lincoln Law School of San Jose. He has also previously been a teacher at San Jose State University and has taught at inner city Washington, DC high schools.

Prior to serving on the City Council, Ash was an attorney for the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office for 11 years. Most of his time was spent in drug treatment court where client's were given the opportunity to complete a rehabilitation program and turn their lives around. In addition, Ash served on numerous non-profit boards, including Somos Mayfair, the Asian Law Alliance, the South Asian Bar Association, Fresh Lifelines for Youth and the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Ash also helped to found the Hayes Neighborhood Association in the neighborhood in which he grew up and still lives today.

Ash Kalra earned his earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Law Degree from Georgetown University.


To request an endorsement please email svapadems@gmail.com. 

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