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ElectionsMayoral candidate Dr. Ola Hassan hopes for a government that will "bring...

Mayoral candidate Dr. Ola Hassan hopes for a government that will “bring people together”

Local business owner Dr. Ola Hassan is taking his chance at Milpitas’ top seat. For over 40 years, Hassan has “lived, walked, and played in Milpitas.” He’s also owned his own business, Ola’s African Coffee and Tea, which has supported numerous Milpitas students, having offered many their first job. Says Hassan, “I still stay in touch with a lot of these students, who have gone on to become very good ambassadors.”

When asked why he felt he should run for the Mayor’s seat, Hassan states, “We need a team player.” He also explains that he wants to see change on the City Council, and that he hopes for a government that will “bring people together.”

Hassan also believes that he is different from his opponents, citing the fact that “I’m not a career politician.” He further explains, “All of the candidates have been there for so many years…they’re going to continue the same program.” He wants to work for the people of Milpitas, not for himself or for “special interests.”

Hassan meanwhile aims to make Milpitas a respected city, and a destination for all. He specifically would like to focus on Milpitas children, and celebrating our city’s vast diversity. “Our children are our future; we need to take pride in them.” He goes on to explain that he would like to focus on the general lack of knowledge on space technology, something he would solve by bringing space programs from organizations such as NASA to Milpitas High School. Regarding his wish to celebrate Milpitas’ diversity, he elaborates, “We can learn a lot from each other’s cultures.” 

However, ultimately, Hassan emphasizes his main reason for running for the Mayoral seat:

“I want to help my community out…I believe in Milpitas.”



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Maria Denise Cuenca
Maria Denise Cuenca
Maria Denise Cuenca is a Senior at Milpitas Middle College High School. As part of the inaugural class, she’s the editor for the student newspaper, the Stepping Stone, and works concurrently as the President of the school’s She’s the First Chapter, an organization that supports girl-centered programs throughout the world. As a writer for the Milpitas Beat, she has the opportunity to write about issues relating to homelessness, local politics, and women’s rights. For over a year, she’s been a proud intern for Camp ButterFLY, where she organizes meetings, designs flyers, and does marketing for the organization to further their mission of teaching women to be leaders and find a path towards a career. During her free time, she enjoys watching shows on Netflix and reading the news.

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