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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 27

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Frank Ponciano Reyes

Housing Community Organizer
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Make the Democratic Party more accountable to individuals instead of corporations and other moneyed interests
  • Expand voter participation in low-turnout areas of the county, including East San Jose and south county communities
  • Pass resolution to prevent endorsement of any candidates accepting donations from the oil industry



I started my professional career after graduating from The City College of New York with a double major in

Advertising and Psychology. Though not particularly active in politics or activism in college, I was involved in

a number of programs dedicated to helping youth from Harlem and Brooklyn to navigate their high school

years and their college application process. I took the time to do this because I knew then as I do now how

much talent and potential goes unrealized in communities like mine - I wanted to have a hand at changing this

reality with the tools I had available. Once I graduated, I worked for advertising agencies in New York and

San Francisco.


A number of years later in San Jose, I was organizing undocumented individuals and families on the brink of

homelessness to develop leadership in communities under siege. I had never felt more full of purpose but still

sought a more impactful role. If the obstacle to progressive solutions for those in most pain was local

government, I decided that would be where I’d go to affect faster change. In 2017, I started working for

Councilmember Rocha as a Policy Aide focusing on housing, environmental, and public safety matters. I also

served as a campaign treasurer during his run for Santa Clara County Supervisor in 2018.


Today, I serve as the Community Liaison at Second Street Studios and the soon-to-open Renascent Place -

both Permanent Supportive Housing projects for the chronically homeless in Santa Clara County. I also sit on

the board of the Alum Rock Counseling Center in East San Jose, a nonprofit provider of counseling and

mental health services for economically disadvantaged youth and families in San Jose.

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