Simitian Appoints Steve Chessin to Citizens' Advisory Commission on Elections

For Immediate Release

November 3, 2015


SAN JOSE – Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian today announced that he has appointed Steve Chessin to the County’s Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Elections, effective immediately.

“Steve’s an active and engaged community member. His knowledge and experience are a great fit to the work our Commission does,” Simitian said. “He’ll be a tremendous asset to the County, and to the democratic process.”

The Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Elections was established by the Board of Supervisors in 2008 to reinforce the County’s commitment to the highest standard of service in the elections process. The seven-member Commission serves in an advisory capacity directly to the Board of Supervisors and the Registrar of Voters, with one member representing each of the five County supervisorial districts, as well as two at-large members.

Chess​in, who lives in Mountain View and is a 32-year resident of Santa Clara County, has substantial experience in the electoral process, including the Supervisorial Redistricting Committee and the Registrar of Voters’ Citizens Oversight Committee. He is also the President of Californians for Electoral Reform and has served as a volunteer poll worker since 2004.

“I believe that public service is important, that citizens should give back to their community,” said Chessin. “I want to make sure that as many eligible voters as possible get to vote, and that our elections are conducted efficiently and fairly.”

“The Citizens’ Commission on Elections ensures that the public interest in our democratic process is top-of-mind from start to finish,” said Simitian. “They make sure that the rights of every eligible voter in the County are rigorously protected.”

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