In an early fall addition to 2020’s Assembly District 25 race, Milpitas City Councilmember Carmen Montano has officially declared her candidacy.
Montano faces fellow candidates Santa Clara County Board of Education Trustee Anna Song, Santa Clara Unified School District Trustee Jim Canova, Political Advisor Alex Lee, private sector newcomer Natasha Gupta, former Ohlone College Trustee Bob Brunton, and attorney Anne Kepner in pursuit of the seat being vacated by Kansen Chu, who is running for Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2020.
Montano first served on the Milpitas City Council in 2012, before which she taught in Franklin-McKinley School District. In addition, she has served as a Milpitas Unified School District Board Member for eight years. The cofounder of the Sunnyhills Improvement Association (1992), Montano boasts a consistent record of impassioned community involvement and positive work with children. In 2001, she was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Good Neighbor Award.
Stated Montano in a press release, “We live in the most important state in the union, but many of our residents are hurting. Our residents deserve high-quality healthcare, high-paying jobs, the best education, and better transportation options by investing in our roads and mass transit. As a teacher, I spent my career preparing my students for the jobs of tomorrow. I want to continue my career in public service. I am running for Assembly because our families need a voice in California and someone who will work to make sure that California provides the opportunities for people to succeed.”
Milpitas Mayor Rich Tran and Vice Mayor Karina Dominguez both entered the Assembly race earlier this campaign season, but both have since withdrawn their respective candidacies.
Mayor Tran, who endorsed Anna Song for the Assembly seat after pulling out of the race himself, told The Beat that he would also be endorsing Montano: “A lot of folks know that a big chunk of my success at Milpitas City Hall is due to the sincere support of Councilmember Carmen Montano. A lot of the appropriate actions that I had to take, difficult ones at City Hall, were inspired and supported by Carmen Montano. To this day, she continues to collaborate with great ideas, to solve many of the pressing issues in Milpitas,” said Tran. “When I look back decades from now and think about my political career, I’ll surely be grateful for Carmen Montano’s support…and so I now endorse two candidates for Assembly to represent Milpitas…a dual endorsement for Anna Song and Carmen Montano…”
In closing, Montano shared, “As we campaign across the district, I look forward to hearing from the voters and better understanding their thoughts, ideas, and concerns. I believe that we need a solutions-first attitude in state government. If elected, I will bring my civic and education background to improve our education system, help attract new businesses, and bring high-quality jobs to our California.”
Note: This article has been updated.