July 16, 2004 - For Immediate Release


SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara resident Jamie McLeod has filed to run for seat 7 on the Santa Clara City Council. With over 20 years of community service, ranging from coaching girls' soccer to mediating community disputes to repairing schools in war-torn Bosnia, McLeod has experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her professional experience includes city planning, engineering and organizational development.

"I'm excited about city government, and I hope to get others excited about it too," McLeod said. "We're losing three experienced, talented council members this November, and I'm eager to pick up where they leave off, keeping Santa Clara a thriving city."

McLeod plans to use her background in local government, planning, engineering and non-profits to help the City of Santa Clara grow and prosper. Her role as associate planner for the city of Sunnyvale, coupled with her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Masters degree in City and Regional Planning, have provided her with extensive experience and knowledge about the inner workings of city government. As a result, she is poised to hit the ground running following the election.

A strong advocate for women, children and families, McLeod has worked for many years with refugee and immigrant communities. As Director of the International Rescue Committee in San Jose, she focused on economic development issues, including self-sufficiency, affordable housing, healthcare and education. Her work to promote organizational development includes co-authoring a financial management manual for community-based organizations.

Outlining one of the key goals of her campaign, McLeod said she's committed to maintaining the high quality of service the City of Santa Clara provides. "The economy is improving, but it is rebounding more slowly in the Silicon Valley," she said. "It's vitally important that we work to protect the City's core services."

McLeod's experience in the non-profit sector gives her a unique perspective on the issues facing the city. "There are outstanding opportunities for the city to partner with non-profit organizations to help Santa Clara thrive. We must also protect and use our natural and historic resources for the benefit of all Santa Clarans."

McLeod's years of work in communities around the world have also provided her with real-world lessons about the power of outreach to strengthen cities. "I want to get more people involved in local government, and open the doors of City hall to more Santa Clarans," she said. "I'm looking forward to working together with the community towards a shared vision of Santa Clara."

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