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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 28

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Helen Chapman

Public Policy Advisor
20,269 votes (7.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Environment/Climate Resilience
  • Affordable Housing
  • Community Engagement



Profession:Policy and Legislative Advisor
Policy and Legislative Advisor, City of San Jose (2017–current)
Secretary, Santa Clara County Democratic Party Central Committee — Appointed position (2017–current)
Delegate, Assembly District 28 — Appointed position (2015–current)
Board Member, Democratic Action for Women Now (DAWN)) — Elected position (2018–current)
Research Specialist, San Jose Unified School District (1999–2015)
Former Chair, San Jose Parks Commission — Appointed position (2005–2007)


FDIM Associate of Arts, Marketing (1980)

Community Activities

Secretary, Abraham Lincoln Foundation Board (2019–current)
President, Shasta/Hanchett Park Neighborhood Association (2019–current)
Board Member, Democratic Action for Women Now (DAWN)) (2018–current)


A former small-business owner and retired SJUSD Research Specialist, I raised my two sons in the Shasta/Hanchett Park Neighborhood with my husband Dan.  I have expanded our park areas, helped build a small park in my neighborhood and I worked on “The Alameda, A Beautiful Way project, a twenty year effort to revitalize The Alameda and encourage business growth and pedestrian walkability.  I currently serve as President on our neighborhood association board.


My experience as a local environmental leader and lifelong Democrat includes 7 years as a board member of Committee for Green Foothills, two three year terms with the San José Parks Commission, including tenure as Chair, and co-founding the San José Parks Foundation. I led efforts to raise the fees collected as part of the Parkland Dedication Ordinance to 100 percent of raw land value, giving San José millions of dollars for land acquisition for parks and trails. I served on the Coyote Valley Task Force for 7 years.


I am an elected member of the Santa Clara Democratic Central Committee serving as the party secretary, a delegate for Assembly District 28, and a member of DAWN Board of Directors.  I was given the Women of the Year award in 2017, by Assemblymember Evan Low.


I helped struggling students earn their diplomas and coordinated youth volunteer projects. I mentored high school students at Lincoln High School and serve on the Lincoln Foundation Executive Board. I currently work for District 2 San Jose City Councilmember Sergio Jimenez as a Policy and Legislative Advisor in the areas of Housing and Environment.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Peninsula for Everyone

Elected Officials (2)

  • Councilmember Sergio Jimenez
  • Ken Yeager, Former County Supervisor

Individuals (1)

  • RL Miller, Chair - California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am running to serve as your voice on the Santa Clara Central Committee.


I am a lifelong Democrat.  2020 is going to be critical to the future of our democracy, our country, and our party.  Building on the Blue Wave in 2018, we must continue to be united in upholding the values of our constitution.


We must stay true to our values and commitment to equality and justice for all, especially women, our youth, working families, veterans and the unheard voices of our community. We need to stay steadfast in support of health care, living wages, protecting the environment, veterans, affordable housing and eliminating homelessness.


I am an advocate for residents working with State leadership, City officials and our neighbors to create positive change.  I listen with my heart to people’s concerns and knows how to bring all sides together to get things done.  I am a witness to the struggles of our housing crisis, both for our families and veterans without permanent housing and those who struggle to keep pace with the soaring costs.  


I'm a fighter for these principles and honored to earn your vote.

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