Melinda Hamilton: Seeks out under-represented viewpoints

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Quote from Hon. Melinda Hamilton, former Sunnyvale mayor:

file-oct-04-8-22-58-pmWe need lots of different views represented on our city council. Nancy will seek out and voice concerns that might otherwise go unrepresented. That’s why she has my support.

— Melinda Hamilton, former Sunnyvale Mayor

My support for using new technology the help Sunnyvale voters feel more connected

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Press Release

September 7, 2016

Nancy Smith for Sunnyvale City Council announces partnership with VoterCircle

Smith’s campaign announces today a partnership with VoterCircle. VoterCircle is an online platform that lets supporters compare their email lists against the voter data the candidate provides. Supporters then message their friends to share information about and surveys from the candidate. Recipients of the email messages respond, fill out surveys, ask questions or opt out.

Sunnyvale Council members are elected with minimal financial support from Sunnyvale citizens. Fewer than 10 individuals, on average, contributed $100 or more to all the council members elected in 2011. Smith acknowledges she sees the current mood of Sunnyvale voters as an opportunity to change the culture of campaigns in Sunnyvale. She thinks 2016 is a good time for candidates to ask for more commitment and support from Sunnyvale voters and, in turn, enable more voters to feel invested in the candidates.

Smith announced that she intends to change that.  As the race kicks into high gear, she reports that she has already received contributions from over 60 individual donors.

After two contentious races, one for Congress and one for an open Assembly seat, Sunnyvale voters are weary of getting mailers from candidates and independent groups, according to Smith.

Resident Marie Kuykendall stated, “Money spent on campaigns is such a waste!  That money could go for so many better purposes than campaign mailers! I supported Nancy’s campaign early on, but I asked her to do what she can to keep costs down. I’m pleased she listened.”

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. You can learn more about Nancy Smith for Council 2016 and her campaign by visiting

For more information, contact the Nancy Smith for Council 2016 campaign at (408) 909-8683.

Carelle Karimimanesh: Nancy supports survivors in Sunnyvale

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Quote from Carelle Karimimanesh, Board Member of Communities Overcoming Relationship Abuse, in support of Nancy Smith for Sunnyvale City Council:

photo-sep-06-7-59-14-amSunnyvale needs a strong voice for taking domestic violence seriously and for treating victims with sensitivity. Nancy Smith has been very supportive of me and of San Mateo County’s only domestic violence services agency, Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse. She can support struggling survivors and child witnesses in Sunnyvale.

— Carelle Karimimanesh, CORA board member

Barbara Fukumoto: Nancy is best candidate for the environment

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Quote from Sunnyvale Sustainability Commission Founding member and Sunnyvale Cool Cities founder, Barbara Fukumoto:

BarbaraFukumotoAt this unique point in history, we need leaders who will prioritize protecting our air, land, and water. We need councilmembers who will view all decisions through an environmental lens. I support Nancy Smith for Sunnyvale City Council because I believe she is the only candidate for this seat who will focus on leaving the best possible planet for our children and grandchildren.

— Barbara Fukumoto, Sunnyvale leader in sustainability

Paul Fong: Celebrating the 4th of July in Sunnyvale and supporting Nancy

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Quote from Hon. Paul Fong in support of Nancy Smith for Sunnyvale City Council:

PaulandNancy“Nancy Smith lives and breathes progressive values. With her on the City Council, all sides will get fair consideration. She’s not afraid to make tough decisions and stick to them. I enthusiastically support Nancy Smith for Sunnyvale City Council.”

— Paul Fong, Former California State Assemblymember

Case Study: We Need More Women in Office

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Hannah-Beth Jackson (ID purposes only) and Nancy Smith

Back in February, I was pleased to hear Assembly Member Hannah-Beth Jackson describe SB 1166, a bill she and the legislative women’s caucus supported. It was a thoughtful, non-controversial bill that would have closed a gap for parental leave.  Today, I learned that, in a pique, an all-male Assembly committee killed the bill that would have helped families with newborns.

There are only 19 women in the Assembly and 12 in the California Senate.  For this, working families continue to suffer instability and lack of job security?

I sincerely hope compassionate people organize to support women and families by electing compassionate leaders to elected office!  This sort of crap cannot continue!

Here is what I recommend:

  1. Locally, check out the National Women’s Political Caucus Silicon Valley.  You know I will be!
  2. Learn how to get involved yourself — apply for Emerge California!
  3. Support women who are running for office!

Also, support the Sacramento Bee because their editorial board wrote this about the failure of SB 1166 to move through committee:

Women make up half of the electorate and almost half of the workforce. Too few hold office, but there should be a special place for those who do – at the table. Just as there is a special place for those who play politics at the expense of families – outside the Capitol door.

Millennial Governmental Affairs Joins the Nancy Smith for Sunnyvale City Council Seat #6 Campaign

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gI_61818_MGAI’m delighted to announce that Millennial Governmental Affairs has joined my campaign team. Jamie and Brent are consummate professional who share my vision for Sunnyvale – that we need to make it a welcoming home for a new generation of entrepreneurs and business people. Here is my view on the matter, as quoted in the press release:

“When I look at our Sunnyvale, I see a well-run city, but I hear a lot of frustration because of regional issues. Our council needs to hear from all kinds of people who care about more than just their own interests. MGA will help me share my journey to encourage more Millennials to engage in shaping our community. MGA can bring me out of my shell. I’m ready. Let’s do this!” — Nancy Smith

The link to the entire MGA press release is available here.

Brent and Jamie are on the look out for any good (or not so good) photos of me — so help us out by mailing your favorite “Nancy in Action” photos to

Jodi Muirhead: Supporting Nancy for Council

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Hon. Jodi Muirhead supports Nancy for Sunnyvale City Council:

JodiMuirhead“When I see someone with Nancy’s energy, drive and values, I support them. Nancy advocates STEM education and giving all people, no matter their age or situation, a chance to excel. She will be great on Sunnyvale City Council!

“I appreciate Nancy’s leadership style. When she leads a discussion, she actively listens and gets people to collaborate and engage in optimistic problem-solving. With Nancy’s breadth of experience, she brings skills critically needed for city leadership.”

— Jodi Muirhead, Santa Clara Unified School District Board of Trustees

Nai Hsueh: Appreciates seeing Nancy in action at Water District

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Quote from Hon. Nai Hsueh in support of Nancy Smith for City Council:

naihsueh“Nancy Smith has a real knack for public service. She has a great way of communicating and making progress when faced with difficult challenges. I know Nancy Smith has what is takes to be a truly effective City Councilmember for Sunnyvale.”

— Nai Hsueh, Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors, District 5