Check out local news coverage of Alex's work in the community and his campaign: 


January 23, 2024. San Jose Spotlight. "Shoor: We need to upstream public policy"

I’m running for city council to help our city break out of this cycle using a different approach. I want to proactively address issues before they turn into crises that cost the government more money and all of us more hardship.

I call this approach “Upstream Public Policy.”

It means controlling the water flow at the source to keep the river from flooding. Here’s how we achieve Upstream Public Policy:


December 20, 2023. San Jose Spotlight. "Here’s who’s running for San Jose City Council and mayor

Alex Shoor, executive director of Catalyze SV, an organization that works with residents and community leaders on transportation and housing solutions, said affordable housing and development will be one of his top priorities if elected. He has been a recognizable force in helping shape housing policy in the Bay Area and has served on the San Jose Housing and Community Development Commission for eight years.


December 12, 2023. Mercury News. "San Jose considering sanctioned encampments as interim options face long wait lines, timelines"

Alex Shoor, executive director of the pro-housing development organization Catalyze SV and a candidate for District 6 on the city’s western side, said he would like to see a rotating process where different parts of San Jose take on sanctioned encampments every two to five years.

“Ultimately, it has to be extremely well planned out,” he said. “We can’t have these areas become total lawlessness. We can’t have it become a place that no one would wish on anyone. Making sure we really invest in them is incredibly important. And using them as a stepping stone.”


December 11, 2023. San Jose Inside. "Mahan Gets Opponent, as 17 Qualify for City Council Ballots"

November 16, 2023. San Jose Spotlight. "San Jose apartment complex converting to affordable housing"

October 21, 2023. San Jose Spotlight. "San Jose mayor tough on crime in first formal address"

October 18, 2023. Mercury News. "Letters: District 6 race"

Support Shoor for
District 6 council seat

I’m writing to support Alex Shoor for San Jose City Council in District 6.

I’ve known Alex for decades as a good friend to my family. Just as importantly, I’ve seen Alex up close as a community leader, housing champion and responsive public servant.

In 2013, while he was working for our county representative, I casually suggested to him the county should do a gun buyback event. I was pleasantly surprised when he took action, working with then-Supervisor Ken Yeager, the district attorney and the Sheriff’s Office to eliminate 1,100 guns from our community in one day.

He is running for the right reasons and with the right vision on key issues like homelessness, public safety and housing affordability.

District 6 needs Alex. Take it from a retiree living here for decades: Let’s move ahead with a fresh approach. Alex is our best step forward.

Alan Zisser


October 6, 2023. KQED. "Beyond Bánh Mì: This San José Pop-Up Plays With Classics of Vietnamese Cuisine"

Alex Shoor, a candidate for San José City Council, has become a regular at the Rose Garden Farmer’s Market pop up in San José.

“My girlfriend and I got three of the bánh mì sandwiches,” said Shoor, grinning. “We got a chicken one, a broccoli, goat cheese and apple one, and the braised pork. So we did a sampling.” His favorite? The braised pork.

Shoor says he always appreciates how creative Hết Sẩy is with their ingredients. “They’ve got unusual combinations, and they’ve definitely exposed me to new stuff over the years.”


July 23, 2023. Mercury News. "2024 San Jose mayoral and council races will be ones for the record books" (paywall)

District 6: Alex Shoor, executive director of the pro-housing development organization Catalyze SV, is currently the only contender for a seat that controls a northwestern portion of the city. Current Councilmember Dev Davis will be termed out next year.

A former policy aide for former Santa Clara County Supervisor and San Jose councilmember Ken Yeager, Shoor helped spur the Rose Garden Farmers Market and was part of a group of advocates who rallied for a street corridor just west of the city’s downtown to be re-named Barack Obama Boulevard. Shoor said in an interview that his priorities are pushing for more affordable housing with an emphasis on permanent supportive options. “If we’re going to solve homelessness, we need to do a lot better,” said Shoor. “That means a councilmember who supports affordable housing.” Shoor says he also supports small businesses and making neighborhoods more walkable and vibrant. Shoor has been endorsed by his former boss Yeager and Santa Clara County Public Defender Molly O’Neal, along with a smattering of South Bay councilmembers.


July 5, 2023. Mercury News. "Quick Changes" (paywall)

San Jose-based nonprofit Catalyze SV is shuffling its leadership responsibilities with the announcement that Executive Director Alex Shoor will run for San Jose City Council’s sixth district seat next year to succeed Dev Davis, who is terming out.  While Shoor is keeping his position, he’s going to step away from the nonprofit’s advocacy work in San Jose. Instead, Rocio Molina will step into an expanded role as interim deputy director, and she’ll continue to lead Catalyze’s community engagement efforts when it comes to development projects in the city.

Shoor made the announcement on Monday, though it was certainly in the works before that: He rode in a car in Tuesday morning’s Rose, White & Blue Parade in San Jose with a sign on it identifying him as a candidate.


July 3, 2023. San Jose Spotlight. "San Jose housing advocate jumps into District 6 council race"