Simitian announces bid for Santa Clara County supervisor

State senator announces candidacy in Palo Alto; Kniss to term out in 2012

State Sen. Joe Simitian announced his candidacy for Santa Clara County supervisor at an annual brunch in Palo Alto Sunday morning (Nov. 6), Simitian confirmed Sunday afternoon. Among the more than 200 attendees of the event at the Lucie Stern Community Center were U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and current Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss, he said. Kniss will be termed out of the District 5 seat at the end of 2012.

"Our county government deals with some of the state's greatest challenges, including health care, welfare, public safety, and regional land use," Simitian stated in a press release. "More than 1.7 million county residents expect county government to deliver real results on a daily basis. I look forward to being part of that effort."

Simitian is serving his final term in the California State Senate. An election will be held in June 2012, with Simitian now the clear frontrunner. Mountain View City Council member Margaret Abe-Koga declared her candidacy for the seat in September. Mountain View Vice Mayor Mike Kasperzak and Mountain View council member Laura Macias also expressed interest, though both said Simitian's decision would deter them.

"If Joe runs, I'm definitely not running, Kasperzak said. "If he runs, he'll be the hands-down winner."

"I believe that Joe Simitian is the best person to serve in the county seat," Macias said. "His ability to cut through extraneous data and see a practical solution is second to none."

District Five 5 incorporates Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, the northwestern half of Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

A website has been launched for Simitian's campaign at

Daniel DeBolt of the Mountain View Voice contributed to this report.

— Palo Alto Online staff

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Posted by Arch Conservative
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Come on Joe- go out into the private sector and get a real job.
But, as you said at one time, (Paraphrase) "I don't know what I could do- I've always been in politics."
How long have you been at the public trough?

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Posted by wap
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Nov 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Serial politician is not the prescription for new ideas and good government. Retire, please. Let others that are youthful and able to bring forth ideas to make our economy thrive. Get out of the way.

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Posted by Debbie Mytels
a resident of another community
on Nov 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm

The letters above are insulting not only to our State Senator, but to all of us who have voted for a fine public servant.

Joe Simitian is one of the most effective and intelligent leaders we have today in Sacramento. He's a great example of why term limits are detrimental to our governmental system.

As a Santa Clara County resident, we were very well served by Joe when he was our Supervisor, and I'm sure that he will devote his intelligence and ability to craft cost-effective, collaborative solutions to the gnarly problems that our county is facing. It's only too bad that we can't keep him in Sacramento.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I second Debbie Mytels thoughtful comments and only regret that, as a San Mateo County resident, I will not be able to vote for Simitian as a Santa Clara County Supervisor. I knew him way back when he was on the Palo Alto City Council and he is a true professional. I don't agree with all of his positions but I do agree with his standard of public service.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Woodside High School
on Nov 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm

One must acknowlege the wisdom on both sides. Joe Simitian is a deeply capable, thoughtful and trustworthy individual whom I strongly respect and who makes me feel well-represented. And yet, imagine if those skills were tempered with experience and fresh exposure beyond just the political realm. Ted Lempert is an exemplar here.
Term limits should mean more than just a dance of the offices: you run for mine and I'll run for yours. After all, the incumbents don't own our offices.

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Posted by Brielle Johnck
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Nov 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Term limits is the problem. Joe is a great senator and should be allowed to keep his seat until he is voted out. The legislator shuffle is due to term limits. Byron Sher served Joe's district for many years and did so exceptionally. We lost Ted Lempert due to term limits and he went back to the SM County Board of Supervisors and lost when trying to advance to the Senate. It's crazy making; costs thousands of dollars and invites special interests to influence our state and federal government. Term limits should be abolished.

Santa Clara County is fortunate to have a dedicated public servant run for its Board of Supervisors.

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Posted by Tired of Eshoo
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Nov 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Senator's Simitian's destiny is the House of Representatives. It is time to retire Eshoo and bring in a well reasoned, assiduous, and expereienced representative who will work tirelessly for his constituents. Go Joe! We need you to represent us on a national level.

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