Impact or Ideology: What Kind of Politics Do We Want?
Date(s) - 08/25/2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Fireside Room


Date: Sunday, Aug 25
Time: 12:30-2 pm
Location: Fireside Room
Presenter: Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor
Contact: Susan Owicki (
Registration: Not required

Joe will discuss how we think about voting.  What criteria do we use when casting our vote for the candidate of our choice? Are we conscious and deliberate of the criteria we use? And are we really as polarized as we think we are?

Joe is well known to many of our congregation as an insightful and articulate speaker.  Come and learn more about his view on political decision-making.

Snacks will be served.

Joe’s background

Joe Simitian is President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and represents the Fifth District. His district includes Palo Alto, Mountain View, Cupertino, Stanford, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Saratoga, along with portions of Sunnyvale and San Jose. He was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2012 and was re-elected in June 2016. He currently serves as President of the board, Chair of the Health and Hospitals Committee and Vice-Chair of the Housing, Land Use, Environment, and Transportation Committee.

Joe’s public service over the years includes stints as a member of the California State Senate, the California State Assembly, Mayor of Palo Alto, President of the Palo Alto School Board, and an earlier term on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Joe brings to his work a wide-ranging perspective and background — service at all levels of state and local government; hands-on experience in the private sector, as well as professional education and training particularly applicable to his work in public service.

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