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City of SunnyvaleCandidate for City Council, Seat 3

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John Cordes

Retired Engineering Manager
16,473 votes (44.88%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Slow office development which is causing our jobs/housing balance, traffic, housing affordability and quality of life to worsen until we have better transportation and more housing to support the jobs.
  • Listen to residents and seek to solve their problems including airplane noise, protecting and increasing parks and open spaces, and addressing threats to mobile home residents of park closures.
  • Work with residents, businesses and regional government to create a more sustainable, fair and enjoyable future for everyone who lives and works in Sunnyvale



Profession:Semiconductor Engineering Manager, retired
Board Member, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter executive committee — Elected position (2017–current)
Chair, Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee — Elected position (2016–current)
Commissioner, Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2014–current)
Committee member, Sunnyvale Climate Action Plan 2.0 Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2017–current)
Loma Prieta Chapter Director, Sierra Club (2013–2015)
Chair, Sunnyvale neighborhood association (SNAIL) — Elected position (2013–2015)
Program manager, process development methods, Globalfoundries Inc (2011–2012)
Business Process Manager, product development., National Semiconductor (2000–2008)
Various engineering and management positions., National Semiconductor (1981–2000)


Leadership Sunnyvale Graduate, Sunnyvale municipal government and leadership (2015)
Santa Clara University Master of Science (M.S.), Engineeering Managment (1989)
University of Illinois Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Chemical Engineering (1981)
United States Coast Guard Academy None, Chemistry (1980)

Community Activities

Volunteer Co-Chair, Sunnyvale Safe Routes to School Coalition (2016–current)
member, Livable Sunnyvale (2016–current)
Executive Comittee member, Guadalupe Regional Group of the Sierra Club (2017–current)
political committee chair, Guadalupe Regional Group of the Sierra Club (2017–current)
Trip leader, Sierra Club’s Inspiring Connections Outdoors (sharing nature with disadvantaged youth) (2004–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Chris Moylan, former Sunnyvale Council Member
  • Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters (environmental advocates)
  • Sunnyvale Democratic Club

Organizations (2)

  • South Bay Progressive Alliance ( Progressive policies)
  • Sunnyvale Super Chapter 9 of GSMOL (mobile home park residents)

Elected Officials (12)

  • Kathy Watanabe - Vice Mayor of Santa Clara City Council
  • Rob Rennie - Los Gatos Mayor
  • Sam Liccardo - San Jose Mayor
  • Kansen Chu - Ca Assembly member - 25th District
  • Kevin De Leon - former Ca Senate President pro tempore, 24th District
  • Michael Goldman, Sunnyvale Council Member
  • Teresa O'Neill - Santa Clara City Council
  • Don Rocha - San Jose City Council
  • Steve Scharf - Cupertino City Council
  • Dave Jones - former Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commissioner
  • Rishi Kumar - Saratoga City Council
  • Liang Chao - Cupertino Union School District Board Member

Individuals (49)

  • Gary Latshaw - Bay Area Clean Environment Board member
  • ​Margaret Goka - Wrightmont Corners
  • Mary Ann Stanfield - El Dorado Mobilehome Park
  • Kathryn Axtell, Sunnyvale resident
  • Helen Kung, Sunnyvale resident
  • Lisa Ferino - Cherry Chase neighborhood
  • ​Linda Sell - Bay Area Clean Environment board member, Serra Park neighborhood
  • Kirsten Krail - SNAIL neighborhood
  • Jim Quaderer - SNAIL neighborhood
  • James Tuleya - Sunnyvale Climate Action Plan 2.0 Committee member
  • Dollie Forney - Ponderosa Park
  • David Wessel - Sunnyvale West
  • Carolyn Bircher - Ortega Park
  • Ardys Sandell - El Dorado Mobilehome Park
  • Gerry Glaser - former Sunnyvale Sustainability Commissioner
  • Molly Cox, Sunnyvale resident
  • Patsy Duke - SNAIL neighborhood
  • Phani Chadalanada - Sunnyarts neighborhood
  • Bruce Diamond - Retired CEO, Discera
  • Vinod Menon, Sunnyvale resident
  • Victoria Armigo - Ponderosa Park
  • Valerie Suares - SNAIL Neighborhood Association Vice Chair
  • Tony Guan, CUSD / FUHSD Parent and SaveMySunnySky Group Founder
  • Terry Fowler - Sunnyvale West
  • Stan Hendryx - Heritage district
  • Scott Lindberg - Heritage district
  • Ruth Schwarz - Lowlander neighborhood
  • ​Ruth Silver Taube - Panama Park neighborhood
  • Ruhua You - Ortega Park neighborhood
  • Rebekah Sandell - El Dorado Mobilehome Park
  • Ron Banks - Plaza Del Ray Mobilehome Park
  • Phyllis Freeman - SNAIL neighborhood
  • Amit Srivastava - former Sunnyvale Sustainability Commissioner
  • Doug Kunz - Sunnyvale Sustainability Commissioner
  • Jose Esteve - former Milpitas Mayor
  • Sally Lieber, former Ca Assembly Speaker pro Tempore
  • Jack Walker, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Peter Drekmeier- former Palo Alto Mayor
  • Andy Frazer - former Sunnyvale Sustainability Commissioner
  • ​Dan Hafeman - Sunnyvale Sustainability Commissioner
  • Tim Oey - Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commissioner*, President Friends of Stevens Creek Trail*, Serra Park
  • Scott Swales - Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commissioner
  • Kyle Welch - Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commissioner
  • Catherine Barry - former Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commissioner
  • Angela Rausch - Former Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commissioner
  • Ken Olevson - Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner
  • Carol Weiss - Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner, former Vice Chair
  • ​Daniel Howard - Sunnyvale Planning Commission Chair
  • ​John McLeMore - former Santa Clara City Council

Videos (2)

— September 29, 2018 Joshusa Grossman (editor)

This video shows me speaking at the Sunnyvale City Council meeting on Sept 11th, 2018 during my 3-minute public comment period on Sunnyvale's response to Santa Clara County Grand Jury report on the housing crisis. It was edited from the video recording of the meeting. 

— October 19, 2018 KMVT

Here is a short 3-minute video about why Sunnyvale voters should vote for John Cordes.

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