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City of CupertinoCandidate for City Council

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Savita Vaidhyanathan

7,355 votes (13.98%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Transportation: Furthering my existing pilots in student carpool, senior curb-to-curb service, safer bicycling infrastructure for students and families, expanded walking trails, VTA, transit-hub, and bus route signaling optimization.
  • Housing: Continuing my work to ensure community benefits (FUHSD, CUSD, bike paths and trails, transit hub, etc), retail, parks, and housing (teachers, senior, affordable, and market rate) are delivered in the Vallco project.
  • Environment: Moving forward with my work on green house gas reductions (SVCE), increasing trees, preserving open space, encouraging water conservation through use of recycled and grey water, and developing higher standards for Lehigh.



Profession:Former Cupertino Mayor; Current Councilmember
Councilmember, Cupertino City Council — Elected position (2014–current)
Board Director, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) — Appointed position (2016–current)
Mayor, City of Cupertino — Appointed position (2017–2018)
Vice Mayor, City of Cupertino — Appointed position (2016–2017)


San Jose State University Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Finance, Business, & Marketing
Lucknow University Bachelor of Education, Education
St. Stephen's College, Delhi University Bachelor of Arts (BA), Honors, Mathematics

Community Activities

Chair, Disaster Preparedness Council, Cupertino (2014–current)
Member of Advisory Board, West Valley Community Services (2012–current)
Commisioner, De Anza College (2007–current)
President, Rotary Club of Cupertino (2013–2014)
Member of Board, West Valley Community Services (2006–2012)


My family and I are proud to call Cupertino our home.  We've lived here over 23 years. Our daughter is a graduate of Cupertino's excellent public school system and lives in the Bay Area. I too am a product of local schools. I took business pre-requisite courses at De Anza College and received my MBA from San Jose State University.


I was elected to the Cupertino City Council in 2014. Subsequently I served as Vice Mayor in 2016 and then Mayor in 2017. Due to my years of work on transportation issues and my two years on VTA Policy Advisory Committee, I was also selected to the Board of the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in 2016.  I also serve on two Airplane Noise Relief Committees that includes FAA, SJC Airport, and Cities Association. I can assure you I work full time for the well being of Cupertino residents. 


Even with my City Council duties I remain deeply involved in community activities. I am very accessible and enjoy hearing inputs from residents. I enjoy encouraging youth and participating in their events. When I was Mayor, I attended over 50 events involving each of Cupertino's diverse ethnic groups.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (4)

  • South Bay Labor Council (AFL-CIO)
  • Sierra Club
  • Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley
  • League of Conservation Voters, Santa Clara County

Elected Officials (5)

  • Evan Low, Assembly Member, CA State, District 28
  • Ash Kalra, Assembly Member, CA State, District 27
  • Cindy Chavez, Board of Supervisors, Santa Clara County
  • Dave Cortese, Board of Supervisors, Santa Clara County
  • Sam Liccardo, Mayor, San Jose

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