Last Friday, I opened my email inbox to find a note inviting me to my 20-year high school reunion. I've been taking a lot of walks down Memory Lane during this campaign, and receiving this invite really put things in perspective.
I'm proud to be the only candidate in the race who was born, raised, and educated entirely in District 6. From my first day of kindergarten at Willow Glen Elementary to my awkward phase at Hoover Middle School, to rigorous academics, forensics speeches, and theater dramatics at Bellarmine College Prep, I've been blessed by amazing educators who helped me become the leader I am today. Without their inspiration, I never would have taken the leap to run for public office.
That's why I'm honored to be the only District 6 candidate with the endorsement of both the San José Teachers Association and the East Side Teachers Association.
As the son of a public school teacher, I know all too well the importance of education in nurturing our community and our economy, and I'm increasingly frustrated by the lack of respect and support our society shows to the women and men who choose a career in teaching.
If you agree with me, I hope you'll make a contribution to our campaign to honor the educators who made a difference in your life.
Together, we can use creative leadership to give our teachers opportunities to find affordable housing in San José and provide students with services that promote lifelong learning.
And don't forget to #ThankATeacher!
P.S. If you can't contribute financially, we still need help reaching out to voters. Sign up to volunteer down the stretch and be eligible for fun prizes!