MEET KANSEN 

Experience that counts

As an immigrant who came to the United States for graduate school, I am so honored and humbled to be elected to serve our community as a California State Assemblymember, San Jose City Councilmember and Berryessa School Board Trustee! With decades of public service experience and a strong commitment to independence, integrity and transparent government, I have built strong collaborative working relationships with our regional and state leaders across political party lines. 

I’m giving up a sure win to the Assembly seat to come home and run for a non-partisan position on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors so I can focus my efforts to address many important issues we are facing in the County which my family has called home for the last 41 consecutive years. I am an independent thinker, and committed to focus my service to ALL people in Santa Clara County.  

Prevention and rehabilitation are key focus areas for me. As your Supervisor, I will continue my effort to reduce crime in our community, combat senior fraud, provide preventive and quality medical, dental and mental health services. I will work to have a comprehensive plan to address the housing shortage and regional transportation problems. I have solid records on improving public safety, early childhood education, open space, parks and trails.

Daisy and I have been married for 43 years. We raised our family in Santa Clara County. I worked at IBM as an Electronics Engineer for 18 years. We have had a Chinese restaurant in San Jose before I got elected to the full-time San Jose City Council in 2007. Working with our state, region and community leaders like you, I am confident that we can make Santa Clara County a desirable place for all families to live, work, play and retire.

Born in Taiwan, Kansen moved to the United States in 1976 as a graduate student. He holds a Master's in Electrical Engineering from Cal State Northridge, and worked as a Microdiagnostics Microprogrammer at IBM for 18 years. In addition, he also owned and operated Ocean Harbor Chinese Restaurant for 16 years.

Kansen and his wife Daisy have been married for more than 40 years. They have two adult children, Ann and Walt, a son-in-law Steve, and grandchildren, Kimberly and Connor.

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