TCDF Endorsed Candidates 2016


Fremont Mayor- Bill Harrison

Growing up in Fremont, attending our public schools, raising my family here, running a small business and serving as your Mayor, I’ve seen — and helped — Fremont become a respected pillar in Silicon Valley.

But while many chapters of Fremont’s story have been written, there’s still a lot of our story to tell.

I am running for reelection because I want to continue to use Democratic values to guide my work to move Fremont forward.

Together, we can expand our economy while controlling growth to sustain our beautiful environment. I want to continue to increase the budget for street maintenance by millions of dollars and aggressively address our traffic challenges. We’ll improve our schools, expand senior services, and work with police officers and firefighters to keep neighborhoods safe.

We’ve already made progress in these areas. For example, I led the charge to convince developers to build a new elementary school at no cost to taxpayers.

In my next term as Mayor, I will serve as a strong Democrat and you will always have a voice when I make decisions. I was honored to receive the Tri-Cities Democratic Forum’s endorsement in the past races, and look forward to working with you and other Democrats in this campaign.


Fremont City Council- Raj Salwan

Raj_HeadshotMy story is a story of Fremont. As a near lifelong resident of Fremont, I grew up here. I went to Vallejo Mills Elementary and walked to school from the one bedroom apartment where my father, mother, and 2 siblings resided.

Fremont gave me the opportunity to go from that one bedroom apartment to helping to run a successful business and serve as a Human Relations Commissioner, Planning Commissioner, and as a Councilmember. I have been serving my community for over 30 years.

I love my city, I love my community, and I love my country. I am so blessed to have achieved the American dream. I am running for City Council to give back to a community that has given me so much, and to make Fremont an even better place to live, work, and raise families.

I had the benefit of education from a good Fremont public school (Go Huskies!), a place at a university that I could afford, and ultimately, good jobs for my family that enabled us to buy a family home and achieve the American dream. As a parent, I understand how good schools enrich our community. That’s why I will be proponent of collaboration between the city and the schools.

As a small business owner, I know what it takes to attract high quality business that will set up shop here, stay, and grow in our community.

I will advocate for smart growth that improves our existing neighborhoods, and growth that is controlled. I understand the importance of smart developments that don’t overload our city, and will focus on improving our quality of life and safety of our city.

My vision for Fremont is a simple one – I want all Fremont residents to have the same opportunities that our city gave me: a home they can afford, a good education from a school near where they live, a high-skilled job with decent pay,  parks to play in, and a safe  environment.

As your city councilmember, I will be your voice. I  humbly ask for your vote.

Alameda County Water Board: Aziz Akbari

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Hi, I’m Aziz! I’m running to be on the Alameda County Water District (ACWD)’s Board of Directors. Over the past two and a half years, I have served as your Alameda County Consumer Affairs Commissioner. I have a background in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a track record of community involvement. I believe my cohesive vision will make our Water District more productive and effective so that we can continue to provide safe, clean, and affordable water to our residents. It is time we seriously tackle the drought by strengthening our water reserves, investing in our water storage facilities, and increasing transparency on our water rates. I do not accept contributions from special interest groups, lobbyists, or political action committees. I believe that with your support I can provide the leadership necessary to fix our Water District. I would be humbled to receive your vote on November 8th.




Fremont Unified School District Board of Trustees:  Desrie Campbell

Desrie PicIt has been my honor and privilege to serve you for the past four years on the Fremont USD Board of Trustees.  There is much work to be done and I will continue to be a devoted advocate for all students, including high achievers, students with special needs, English language learners, and students that face educational challenges. I am a strong leader who will make tough decisions. This means working collaboratively with the City of Fremont and housing developers to ensure that students have adequate classrooms.  I am passionate about education and while pursing my Master’s Degree in Public Administration, I have maintained my commitment to ensure that our students receive a high quality education.  As a State Delegate for the California School Board Association, I help set policies that are essential to our school district. While serving as Summer Algebra Institute’s Site Administrator, (a program to improve students’ math skills) I witnessed how hard students work and their parents’ commitment to the program. I work diligently with purpose and focus to get positive results for all of our students.  I would be honored to receive your vote!  Thank you.




Fremont Unified School Board of Trustees: Ann Crosbie

ann crosbieI have been serving as an FUSD Trustee since 2012. With your support I will continue to focus on the following goals:

Innovation and Collaboration: We will continue to improve instruction, helping every child to be prepared to work in a 21st century global economy, by creating an inspiring, cooperative school environment that encourages articulation across grade levels and subject areas in support of student learning.

Funding and Facilities: Due to the recent unprecedented growth in Fremont, we will need to continue to seek out funding for facilities from our partners in our community and in the federal, state and local government. I will continue to travel wherever is necessary to advocate for our students.

Fiscal Accountability: Every dime that is spent in Fremont Unified must be spent as if it was our last. California schools are under-funded. We cannot squander the scarce resources we have but instead must spend wisely to help our students achieve.

I have been endorsed by the Tri City Democratic Forum, the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association and the California School Employee Association, Ca Senator Bob Wieckowski, Assemblymen Kansen Chu and Bill Quirk and many more.

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New Haven School District Board of Trustees: Michael Ritchie

Michael RitchieProviding a well-rounded education to all children in a safe, healthy and academically rigorous learning environment continues to be my top priority, in short:  Students First!  Over the past five years while I have served as a New Haven Trustee, including Board President in 2015, the district has made significant progress:  increased graduation rates; decreased student suspensions; effective implementation of local control accountability plan (collaborative community and school document describing how district will meet annual student goals), and more stable district finances.  I co-chaired the successful Measure M bond campaign to fund needed improvements, including school facilities, classroom technology and energy and water efficiency. I am the district Special Education Local Plan Area representative and am committed to making sure children with unique challenges receive the best education possible.  For my next term I plan to work on your behalf to: further increase the graduation rate and narrow the achievement gap; expand education programs such as Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM); increase effectiveness of technology instruction; and further development of 21st century learning. I would be honored to receive your vote to continue this important work on behalf of our next generation of citizens.  Again, my commitment is:  Students First!



New Haven School District Board of Trustees: Lance Nishihira