When January 24, 2024 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Where Odd Fellows 1035 Emory St
Contact Elysa Gurman [email protected] (408) 480-2315

RSVP to the Odd Fellows and submit questions here. Description from Odd Fellows Website.

On Wednesday, January 24th, the San José Odd Fellows invite you to come and meet our candidates for the district 6 city council election. Get a chance to meet them in person and see for yourself which of these four people you'd most like to support in the upcoming March 5th election.
This is not a debate: it is a CIVICS FORUM! This format was chosen because debates tend towards candidates bashing each other, rather than focusing on clearly communicating what each candidate actually supports. A forum helps you discover who is the BEST candidate to serve our community: unlike a debate, which frequently leaves people disgusted with all the candidates, prompting voters to resign themselves to the "least worst" candidate. We want you to be excited about your voting options, and our Civics Forum aims to do that!
  • 6:00-7:00PM

     Candidates and residents mingle in the dining area.

  • 7:00-8:30PM

    Candidates answer moderated questions in the main hall.

  • 8:30-9:00PM

    Attendees may use this time to sign up as volunteers with their preferred candidate, get signs, or simply ask additional questions.


"I am foremost a community advocate aiming to build a community that’s safe, thriving, welcoming, and affordable for all residents in San José. My approach is upstream policymaking, meaning solving issues earlier before they get worse. After serving 4 years as the Executive Director of Catalyze SV, 8 years as a City of San Jose Housing & Community Development Commissioner, 3 years as a Policy Aide to Supervisor Ken Yeager, and a career full of working to do the most good for the most number of people, I'm ready to bring my passion for public service, commitment to the community, policy ideas, and entrepreneurial experience to District 6 and the San Jose City Council. By building community, we address San Jose's most pressing issues - I have the experience and expertise to do just that."

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