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Santa Clara County, CA March 2, 2004 Election
Member of the State Assembly; District 23; Democratic Party Voter Information

You can vote in this contest only if registered in the Democratic party, or as "Decline to State" requesting a Democratic ballot at your polling location.

Results as of Mar 26 4:14pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (189/189)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Joe Coto Click here for more information about this candidate 11,923 votes 42.7%

  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Former School Superintendent
  • East Side Union High School District Superintendent, 1989-2003
  • California Superintendent of the Year, 2003
  • Chair, Mexican Heritage Plaza Cultural Arts Center
  • Chair, Silicon Valley Latino Democratic Forum
  • Past Board Member, Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
  • Past member, Mayor's Gang Task Force
  • Working with parents and teachers we will bring more resources to San Jose schools and improve student achievement.
  • Finding reasonable budget solutions that prevent deep cuts to education, healthcare and public safety.
  • By supporting San Jose's police, firefighters and teachers we will protect safe neighborhoods, responsive emergency services and good schools.
Kathy Chavez Napoli Click here for more information about this candidate 8,736 votes 31.3%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Businesswoman/Mother
  • President, Alum Rock Educational Foundation, 1999-present
  • Chair, U.S. Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board, 1999-2001
  • "100 People who made Silicon Valley what it is today" - San Jose Mercury News report, December 1999
  • Chair, Hispanic Development Corporation's "Portraits of Success," 1998-2002
  • Charter member, Rotary Club of Alviso, 1990-present
  • Member, Affordable Housing Network, 1987-present
  • Quality and affordable educational opportunities for all Californians.
  • Universal Health Care. Over 300,000 Santa Clara County residents and seven million Californians are currently uninsured.
  • Access to affordable housing. Our employers need a workforce who can afford to live here.
Patricia Martinez-Roach Click here for more information about this candidate 3,723 votes 13.3%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Governing Board Member, East Side Union High School District
  • San Jose State University;
  • MA Administration and Higher Education
  • BA Art /Minor Political Science
  • Elementary Teaching Credential
  • Bilingual Teaching Credential
  • State of California: Certified Interpreter;University Instructor
  • Education
  • Health, Welfare & Safety
  • Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability
Khanh D. Tran Click here for more information about this candidate 3,548 votes 12.7%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: University Instructor/Educator
  • B.S./M.A. Management
  • Worked on Governor Gray Davis No On Recall
  • Teach at National University and University of Phoenix
  • Former School District and County Administrator
  • Former Member/Site Representative of CSEA and ACSA
  • High-Tech Network Security Consultant for Fortune 500 Companies
  • Unionize and Protect Jobs; Create New Water and Housing Projects to Create Jobs for California and Revive the Economy
  • Protect Welfare; Healthcare for Uninsured Kids and Seniors Funded by Taxing Internet Sales and Offshore Service Imports
  • Protect and Improve Education; Accelerate Teacher Recruitment; Reinstate and Substitute Teaching Credential with Masters Degree or above

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The League of Women Voters of California has asked all candidates for this office to respond to 4 questions on Budget Crisis, Education, Water, and Health Insurance.

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  • About the Candidates - Click on "Assembly", then browse the next page to find the candidates with "District seeking" for 23. Then find Biography, Campaign Finances, Issue Positions (NPAT), Special Interest Groups, and Voting Record where available.

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