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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?

Individuals (49)

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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