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

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Michael Melillo

Engineer
8,878 votes (3.29%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Focus on recruiting and endorsing Democratic candidates that can win elections and uphold the core beliefs of the Democratic platform
  • Work to solve our housing and affordability crisis by building more housing and increasing wages
  • Strengthen our relationships with other organizations that share our goals of electing Democrats (Swing Left, Sister District)

Experience

Experience

Profession:Engineer / Parent
Data Scientist / Engineer, Apple (2006–current)
Chairperson/Commission, San Jose Library and Early Education Commission — Appointed position (2016–current)
Board of Directors, Santa Clara Fairgrounds — Appointed position (2019–current)
Trustee, San Jose Unified Board of Education — Appointed position (2018–2018)

Education

San Jose State University MBA, Business (2010)
University of Massachusetts BA, Political Science (1999)

Biography

My name is Michael Melillo, and I was born and raised in New England.  I relocated to Santa Clara County in 2007 for work, and since then I have been an active member of the community and local politics.  I am currently the Chairperson of the San Jose Library and Early Education Commission.  I also serve on the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Board of Directors.  I also served on the San Jose Unified Board of Education in 2018. I actively attend the Democratic Party Central Committee meetings, other Democratic Club meetings like the 21st Century Democratic Club, and I attend Orchard City Indivisible meetings on a weekly basis.

I have spent the past four years working towards flipping the house, flipping state assemblies from red to blue, and being an active member of our community. Let me lay out some examples.

I have supported organizations like Swing Left and Sister District both financially and through volunteering. I've written hundreds (this is not an exaggeration) of letters and postcards in flippable districts around the country encouraging them to vote and vote democratic.

Locally, I am very passionate about education and in particular early education (ages 0-5). I have served on the San Jose Library and Early Education Commission since 2016 and I am currently the chair of this commission. I have also served as an elected official on the San Jose Unified Board of Education. While on the board, I refused to take the salary and instead donated the money to the PTA organizations of our schools in the district. I also currently serve on the board of the Santa Clara county fairgrounds.

While I may have a gray beard, I am only 42 years old and think it's important to bring new blood into our local party on a regular basis, as many of the members of the central committee have been there for a very long time.

My priorities for the committee include continuing to increase voter turnout, expand our partnerships with organizations like Swing Left and Sister District to help maintain our majority in the house, flip the senate, and continue to flip more state legislatures. Locally, we need to continue to advocate for solutions to housing and homelessness, expand access to early education, and across the board make sure that the candidates that we are electing to local offices uphold the stances put forth by the democratic party platform. I realize this is a long message, but there is always more I'd be willing to discuss.

Who supports this candidate?

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  • County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg

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