Silicon Valley Leadership Group Candidate Questionnaire: 2020 March Primary Election Corrected Information

San Jose, CA – The newly released Silicon Valley Leadership Group 2020 Candidate Questionnaire has been updated to correct a human error related to the District 10 race questions and answers. Questions and answers were duplicated in error for a candidate and we have corrected the information to reflect the answers given by Helen Wang.  The updated questionnaire can be found in its entirety here.

In preparation for the California March primary elections, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group provided questionnaires to candidates asking them what they think about community issues that affect us – education opportunities for our children, the threat of sea-level rise, creation of transit-oriented developments, homelessness and other critical issues. The responses from 29 candidates running in 10 different races are now available as part of the 2020 Primary Candidate Questionnaire.

The findings are interesting and varied. Among candidates for San Jose City Council, Santa Clara County Supervisor, State Senate and State Assembly, for example, 100% of all candidates support requiring all new buses purchased with federal funding to be zero-emission beginning in October 2029. All of the candidates for State Senate and State Assembly also provided unanimous support for developing a “Baylands Caucus” to address the threat of sea-level rise, addressing higher education opportunity gaps for underrepresented students, and increasing the number of graduates prepared for innovation economy careers. Our state candidates also showed near-unanimous support for several housing and transit-related issues, such as:

  • a fast, reliable rail connection between the Central Valley and Silicon Valley,
  • a ballot measure dedicated to building and operating an integrated transit system to better serve Bay Area residents,
  • and state legislation to facilitate and encourage transit-oriented-development.

Locally, our candidates were somewhat more divided on these issues, with 80% of the county-level candidates expressing support for a valley-to-valley rail connection and 61% of City Council candidates supporting it. Additionally, all of the candidates for county supervisor support a ballot measure dedicated to building and operating a world-class integrated transit system, while only 61% of City Council candidates agreed.

These are just a few of the findings that can be found in the 2020 Primary Candidate Questionnaire. All registered candidates mentioned above were given the opportunity to complete the questionnaire. If you are looking for a particular candidate’s views you can see them on the 2020 Candidate Questionnaire landing page. For media inquiries and interviews on the questionnaire, please contact Kimberly Ellis at or Pam Kelly at Not yet registered to vote? Do so here:

About Silicon Valley Leadership Group
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 345 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment. The Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and generate more than $3 trillion in annual revenue.



Kimberly Ellis, SVP Comms. & Marketing |(408) 501-7853
Pam Kelly, Senior MarComm Mgr. | (408) 501-7879