Santa Clara Votes

The City’s “Santa Clara Votes" program is intended to promote ethical campaigning for the elected positions of Mayor, City Council Members, Chief of Police and City Clerk. It is also intended to promote voter registration and participation in our local elections. The Santa Clara Votes program is a more robust version of the prior award-winning Vote Ethics program but has been revamped to place more emphasis on openness, transparency and ethical campaigning.

The City’s Santa Clara Votes public education outreach is nonpartisan and nonpolitical. It does not tell voters how to vote. Instead, it provides tools for voters to look to the candidate’s campaign for evidence of trustworthy leadership and a commitment to the City’s Code of Ethics & Values. Santa Clara Votes encourages voters to hold candidates accountable at the ballot box for running political campaigns that are issue-oriented, honest, fair and respectful.

The Candidate Forums are broadcasted live on Channel 15. To view an upcoming live Candidate Forum online, visit the online meetings page.

The archived recordings of the Candidate Forums can be found here.

Registration Information



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Register to Vote

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There are several ways to register to vote such as registering online, by mail where a form can be mailed to you, and in person where you can pick up the form.

  • Register Online
  • By Mail

Register to Vote

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There are several ways to register to vote such as registering online, by mail where a form can be mailed to you, and in person where you can pick up the form.

Register Online

By Mail
Call the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters for a form to be mailed to you at 408-299-8683 or 866-430-8683.

In Person
You can pick up a registration form at the following Santa Clara locations:

City of Santa Clara
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone: (408) 615-2200

Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters
Shannon Bushey, Registrar of Voters
1555 Berger Drive, Bldg. 2
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 299-8683
Phone: (866) 430-8683

Santa Clara DMV Office
3665 Flora Vista Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Phone: (800) 777-0133

Central Park Library
2635 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Phone: (408) 615-2900

Mission Library Family Reading Center
1098 Lexington Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone: (408) 615-2964

Northside Branch Library
695 Moreland Way
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: (408) 615-5500

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You see? It's curious. Ted did figure it out - time travel. And when we get back, we gonna tell everyone. How it's possible, how it's done, what the dangers are. But then why fifty years in the future when the spacecraft encounters a black hole does the computer call it an 'unknown entry event'? Why don't they know? If they don't know, that means we never told anyone. And if we never told anyone it means we never made it back. Hence we die down here. Just as a matter of deductive logic.

Well, the way they make shows is, they make one show. That show's called a pilot. Then they show that show to the people who make shows, and on the strength of that one show they decide if they're going to make more shows. Some pilots get picked and become television programs. Some don't, become nothing. She starred in one of the ones that became nothing.

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You see? It's curious. Ted did figure it out - time travel. And when we get back, we gonna tell everyone. How it's possible, how it's done, what the dangers are. But then why fifty years in the future when the spacecraft encounters a black hole does the computer call it an 'unknown entry event'? Why don't they know? If they don't know, that means we never told anyone. And if we never told anyone it means we never made it back. Hence we die down here. Just as a matter of deductive logic.

Well, the way they make shows is, they make one show. That show's called a pilot. Then they show that show to the people who make shows, and on the strength of that one show they decide if they're going to make more shows. Some pilots get picked and become television programs. Some don't, become nothing. She starred in one of the ones that became nothing.

Local Election Items

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Open Elected Positions

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Campaign Code of Ethics Signatures

City Council Seat 3:
Debi Davis (Candidate Statements)
John McLemore (Candidate Statements)

City Council Seat 4:
Markus Bracamonte
Raj Chahal (Candidate Statements)
Patricia Mahan (Candidate Statements)
Tino Silva (Candidate Statements)

City Council Seat 6:
Anthony J. Becker (Candidate Statements)
Mario Bouza (Candidate Statements)
Sudhanshu Jain (Candidate Statements)
Mohammed Nadeem (Candidate Statements)
Kathy Watanabe (Candidate Statements)

City Council Seat 7:
Teresa O’Neill (Candidate Statements)
Kevin Park (Candidate Statements)
Ahmad Rafah (Candidate Statements)

Chief of Police:
Patrick Nikolai (Candidate Statements)
Michael J. Sellers (Candidate Statements)

City Clerk:
Deborah Bress (Candidate Statements)
Rod Diridon, Jr. (Candidate Statements)

Ballots Measures

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Measure O
SETTING OF SALARIES FOR MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL. Shall Section 702 of the Santa Clara City Charter be amended to set the salaries of the Mayor at $2500 per month and City Council at $2000 per month, and to create a Salary Setting Commission to review and adjust those salaries every two years?

Measure P
MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL TERM LIMITS. Shall Sections 701 and 704.1 of the Santa Clara City Charter be amended to limit the Mayor and members of the City Council to no more than two full terms for each office, and to define a partial term in excess of two years as a full term?

Measure Q
FILLING VACANCIES IN CITY ELECTED OFFICES. Shall Section 703 of the Santa Clara City Charter be amended to provide that vacancies in any elective office of the City be filled by a four-fifths (4/5) vote of the City Council and to require that persons appointed to fill vacancies occurring in the first half of a term of office shall hold office until the next general municipal election?

Measure R
PROTECTION OF PARKLAND AND OPEN SPACE. Shall Section 714.1 of the Santa Clara City Charter be added to provide that no City owned land used for park or recreational purposes, including the Ulistac Natural Area and the Santa Clara Soccer Park, shall be sold or disposed of by the City without being authorized by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote and that development upon such property shall be subject to referendum?

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You see? It's curious. Ted did figure it out - time travel. And when we get back, we gonna tell everyone. How it's possible, how it's done, what the dangers are. But then why fifty years in the future when the spacecraft encounters a black hole does the computer call it an 'unknown entry event'? Why don't they know? If they don't know, that means we never told anyone. And if we never told anyone it means we never made it back. Hence we die down here. Just as a matter of deductive logic.

Well, the way they make shows is, they make one show. That show's called a pilot. Then they show that show to the people who make shows, and on the strength of that one show they decide if they're going to make more shows. Some pilots get picked and become television programs. Some don't, become nothing. She starred in one of the ones that became nothing.

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You see? It's curious. Ted did figure it out - time travel. And when we get back, we gonna tell everyone. How it's possible, how it's done, what the dangers are. But then why fifty years in the future when the spacecraft encounters a black hole does the computer call it an 'unknown entry event'? Why don't they know? If they don't know, that means we never told anyone. And if we never told anyone it means we never made it back. Hence we die down here. Just as a matter of deductive logic.

Well, the way they make shows is, they make one show. That show's called a pilot. Then they show that show to the people who make shows, and on the strength of that one show they decide if they're going to make more shows. Some pilots get picked and become television programs. Some don't, become nothing. She starred in one of the ones that became nothing.

Voter Information

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Candidate Forums

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Consistent with the City of Santa Clara's "Code of Campaign Ethics", the overall goals of the candidate forums are to allow the public to be informed of the candidates' views regarding subject matter that is in the purview of the office that the candidates are seeking (Subject Matter Forums); and, to provide one of more opportunities for candidates and committees, including Independent Expenditure Committees, to be held accountable for their actions and behavior in terms of compliance with the "Code of Campaign Ethics. This year, there will be a series of forums separated by administrative seats, which includes the Chief of Police and the City Clerk and by Council Seats Nos. 3, 4, 6 and 7.

Policy: Candidate forums are intended to provide the electorate with first hand observations of candidates for office, their command of policy and the duties of the position for which they are seeking election. The use of electronic devices of any kind tends to diminish authenticity in that regard. Therefore, candidates will be asked to unburden themselves of electronic devices (such as phones, tablets, pads, and so forth) prior to taking their seat at the forums.

If you would like to submit a question to be asked during the first or second word forums, please email SCVotes@santaclaraca.gov or call the City Clerk’s Office at (408) 615-2220.

The Candidate Forums are broadcasted live on Channel 15. To view an upcoming live Candidate Forum online, visit the online meetings page.

The archived recordings of the Candidate Forums can be found here.

September 21: General Subject Matter Forum (Chief of Police, City Clerk, Council Seat #4).
6:00 p.m. "Meet and Greet" with candidates and public.
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Forum.
September 22: General Subject Matter Forum (Council Seats #3, #6 and #7).
6:00 p.m. "Meet and Greet" with candidates and public.
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Forum.
September 29: General Subject Matter Forum (Chief of Police, City Clerk, Council Seat #4).
6:00 p.m. "Meet and Greet" with candidates and public.
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Forum.
September 30: General Subject Matter Forum (Council Seats #3, #6 and #7).
6:00 p.m. "Meet and Greet" with candidates and public.
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Forum.
November 7: Final Word Forum Accountability Forum (Cancelled, per Democracy Consultant)

Content revisions made by Fred Keeley, Democracy Consultant to the Candidate Forums.

Orientation Information

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City of Santa Clara
Santa Clara Vote’s Program
Candidate, Committee and Independent Expenditure Committee
Orientation Session
August 18, 2016
7:00 p.m.
City Hall City Council Chambers
1500 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, California

City Attorney's Memo
Code of Values and Ethics

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You see? It's curious. Ted did figure it out - time travel. And when we get back, we gonna tell everyone. How it's possible, how it's done, what the dangers are. But then why fifty years in the future when the spacecraft encounters a black hole does the computer call it an 'unknown entry event'? Why don't they know? If they don't know, that means we never told anyone. And if we never told anyone it means we never made it back. Hence we die down here. Just as a matter of deductive logic.

Well, the way they make shows is, they make one show. That show's called a pilot. Then they show that show to the people who make shows, and on the strength of that one show they decide if they're going to make more shows. Some pilots get picked and become television programs. Some don't, become nothing. She starred in one of the ones that became nothing.

Democracy Consultant

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Fred Keeley is the City of Santa Clara's contract Democracy Consultant. In that capacity, Mr. Keeley manages portions of the Santa Clara Votes program that relate to campaign ethics and values.

Mr. Keeley held elective office in the Monterey Bay area for twenty-four years (county supervisor, county treasurer, and California state legislator). Mr. Keeley has also served on the Chair's Task Force for Amendments to the California Fair Political Practices Act, the Governor's Commission on the 21st Century Economy, the California Treasurer's Task Force on Bond Accountability, the board of California Forward (which proposed several constitutional and statutory initiatives to reform California governance), and co-chaired the Voices of Reform project of the Commonwealth Club of California.

Mr. Keeley teaches in the graduate program of Public Administration at San Jose State University. He is also on faculty at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, located at California State University, Monterey Bay.

Mr. Keeley serves on several boards of directors of non-profit organizations working in the fields of environment and social justice. Included are: Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County; Ocean Champions; and, Sempervirens Fund.

Mr. Keeley is a long-time resident of Santa Cruz County.
Email: SCVotes@santaclaraca.gov
Phone: 831-227-7906

As submitted by Fred Keeley, Democracy Consultant

Code of Ethics

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Candidate Forums

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Consistent with the City’s Code of Ethics & Values, the overall goal of the forums is to provide residents with honest and fair information they can use to make their best voting choices and to build public trust. In a City-sponsored forum, candidates are expected to tell the truth about themselves and their opponents, focus on issues relevant for Santa Clara and treat each other with dignity and respect. This year, there will be a series of forums separated by administrative seats, which includes the Chief of Police and the City Clerk and by Council Seats Nos. 3, 4, 6 and 7.

If you would like to submit a question to be asked during the first or second word forums, please email SCVotes@santaclaraca.gov or call the City Clerk’s Office at (408) 615-2220. The Final Word Forum is limited to topics specifically requested of candidates themselves.



Orientation Information

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2016 Municipal Election Code of Campaign Ethics

1. I pledge that I shall conduct my campaign openly and publically, discussing the issues as I see them, presenting my record and policies with sincerity and frankness, and criticizing the record or positions of my opponent which merit such criticism.

2. I pledge that I shall not use or permit the use of character defamation, whisper campaigns, or scurrilous attacks on my opponents or his/her personal or family life.

3. I pledge that I shall not use or permit any appeal to negative prejudice based upon race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, physical health status, or age.

4. I pledge that I shall not use any dishonest or unethical practice which tends to corrupt or undermine the system of fair elections, or which hampers or prevents the full and free expression of the will of the voters including acts intended to hinder or prevent any eligible person from registering to vote, enrolling to vote or voting. For purposes of this section, “dishonest or unethical practice” includes lies, distortions, or use of statements or quotes of or about my opponent which are clearly taken out of context.

5. I shall immediately and publically repudiate support deriving from any individual or group which resorts to campaign activities which I have pledged to eschew as set forth in this Code of Campaign Ethics.



As submitted by Fred Keeley, Democracy Consultant

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You see? It's curious. Ted did figure it out - time travel. And when we get back, we gonna tell everyone. How it's possible, how it's done, what the dangers are. But then why fifty years in the future when the spacecraft encounters a black hole does the computer call it an 'unknown entry event'? Why don't they know? If they don't know, that means we never told anyone. And if we never told anyone it means we never made it back. Hence we die down here. Just as a matter of deductive logic.

Well, the way they make shows is, they make one show. That show's called a pilot. Then they show that show to the people who make shows, and on the strength of that one show they decide if they're going to make more shows. Some pilots get picked and become television programs. Some don't, become nothing. She starred in one of the ones that became nothing.

Democracy Consultant

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Fred Keeley is the City of Santa Clara's contract Democracy Consultant. In that capacity, Mr. Keeley manages portions of the Santa Clara Votes program that relate to campaign ethics and values.

Mr. Keeley held elective office in the Monterey Bay area for twenty-four years (county supervisor, county treasurer, and California state legislator). Mr. Keeley has also served on the Chair's Task Force for Amendments to the California Fair Political Practices Act, the Governor's Commission on the 21st Century Economy, the California Treasurer's Task Force on Bond Accountability, the board of California Forward (which proposed several constitutional and statutory initiatives to reform California governance), and co-chaired the Voices of Reform project of the Commonwealth Club of California.

Mr. Keeley teaches in the graduate program of Public Administration at San Jose State University. He is also on faculty at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, located at California State University, Monterey Bay.

Mr. Keeley serves on several boards of directors of non-profit organizations working in the fields of environment and social justice. Included are: Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County; Ocean Champions; and, Sempervirens Fund.

Mr. Keeley is a long-time resident of Santa Cruz Countys.
Email: SCVotes@santaclaraca.gov
Phone: 831-227-7906

As submitted by Fred Keeley, Democracy Consultant