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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de BelmontCandidato para Consejo Municipal

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Deniz Marie Bolbol

Nonprofit Consultant
4,706 votos (18.73%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Stop Over Development that leads to traffic congestion and school overcrowding. Our schools, roads and infrastructure are over capacity and Belmont's current plan is not sustainable.
  • Wildfire Preparedness. Half of Belmont residents live in the High Wildfire Risk zone, so we need to prepare today to prevent tragedy tomorrow.
  • Permanently Protect Our Treasured Open Spaces. Taking the necessary extra steps today can ensure that future development pressures will never threaten our most valuable and unique asset.



Profesión:non-profit consultant
Field Director, American Wild Horse Campaign (2012–2018)


UCLA B.A., Political Science (1991)

Actividades comunitarias

president, Belmont Heights Civic Improvement Association (neighborhood association) (2017–current)
treasurer, Salinas Valley Sports League (to prevent gang violence) (1994–1996)


My extensive career in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors has taught me many things. But most importantly, it re-enforced a fundamental belief I adopted while earning my political science degree at UCLA: successful democracy depends upon an informed and involved citizenry.

I began my career in television news. One of the great aspects of working in the news trade is connecting with the community. I won a regional Emmy award for a community affairs program about Malcolm X. After producing a story on gang violence, a former gang member reached out to me asking for help; I worked with gang members and we garnered the support of the Salinas City Council and the community to form the Salinas Valley Sports League – a nonprofit to prevent gang violence through team sports.

My TV news experience led to a Public Relations career in New York, Washington DC and Silicon Valley.  A portion of my work focused on public education campaigns addressing health issues. Along the way I picked up a PRSA Compass Award for our campaign that introduced the first electronic-books to the public.

Meanwhile I had begun applying the skills and knowledge that I gained in the corporate world to another personal passion – animal welfare. I significantly contributed to the public awareness campaign on Ringling Brothers’ abuse of animals. I worked collaboratively with the Oakland City Council to pass legislation to protect elephants used in circuses. Ringling Bros. no longer abuses animals. Additionally, I collaborated with San Francisco Board of Supervisors to close the elephant exhibits at SF Zoo, establish the first spatial requirement for elephants, and relocate the animals to a sanctuary. In my position with the American Wild Horse Campaign, I negotiated the first ever state partnership for the humane management of wild horses. I’ve proven my ability to work with opposing sides to find common ground and develop solutions.

I am the product of our top-notch public schools, graduating from Fox, Ralston Middle, and Carlmont High School. Four years ago, I returned to live in Belmont, in the neighborhood where I grew up, to care for my mother. I’m now serving my second term as President of our neighborhood association (BHCIA) representing 750 homes. In the short time since our election, the BHCIA Board and I have brought back NNO, resurrected the neighborhood directory and newsletters, and established open BHCIA Board meetings.

My genuine desire to see democracy work for all citizens continually motivates me to serve my community. Having grown up in Belmont and returned as an adult, I see the challenges our little city faces in the midst of the high-tech boom. My deep roots in Belmont and broad career experiences give me a unique perspective that will be an asset to the Belmont City Council and residents of Belmont. I ask for your vote to make democracy work for all Belmont residents.




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  • I did not seek endorsements because I only want to be beholden to Belmont residents, not special interests.

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Filosofía política

Holding elected office is not about mandates or implementing your agenda – it’s about bringing citizens together to find a common agenda to implement together.

I believe that democracy works best when we have a marketplace of ideas and a public dialogue that allows the best ideas to float to the top. I value open discussions, transparency and respect for all the varied voices in the community. Through listening to diverse viewpoints I’ve found that there is always common ground underlying even the most entrenched ideas. In my non-profit roles I’ve demonstrated my ability to identify innovative solutions that bring these varied interests together.

The office of City Council is non-partisan. And the role of elected council is to represent all residents equally; not one demographic, one interest, or one political ideology. I will not seek political endorsements because I want to represent your interests, not special interests.

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