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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 27

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Ash Kalra

San Jose Councilmember/Educator
71,696 votes (53.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Housing affordability is a critical issue for our city and one that I will continue to work on in the State Assembly.
  • We must ensure our education system is working for all of our students. As an educator, I will fight for free universal pre-k, resources for K-12, access to community college, & capping out of state slots for our UC & CSUs to prioritize Californians.
  • Our transportation infrastructure needs to continue to be improved upon by, first completing BART all the way into downtown. Also, we need to create a better transit network, creating options to take the bus, light rail, bicycle & ride share.



Ash Kalra has called San Jose home for over 37 years. In that time, he has developed a passion for serving his neighbors and making sure that our government is solving problems – not creating them.

Ash made history by becoming the first Indian-American to be elected to the San Jose City Council, where he currently represents District 2. In his time as a Councilmember, he has fought against cuts topublic safety including standing up in favor of restoring the SJPD burglary unit and Violent Crimes Enforcement Team, worked to provide incentives for companies to locate and grow in San Jose and has been a champion for more transit options including the BART to Silicon Valley extension. Ash has been one of the foremost advocates of clean energy and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels while preserving our open spaces and protecting our surrounding habitat. Ash has been a voice for public safety, better schools, improved public transportation and a healthier environment.

Since 1999, Ash has been a law professor at Lincoln Law School of San Jose. Previously, he also taught at San Jose State University and at inner city Washington, DC high schools.

Prior to serving on the City Council, Ash was an attorney for the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office for 11 years. Most of his time was spent in drug treatment court where clients were given theopportunity to complete a rehabilitation program and turn their lives around. In addition, Ash served on numerous non-profit boards, including Somos Mayfair, the Asian Law Alliance, the South Asian Bar Association, Fresh Lifelines for Youth and the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Ash also helped to found the Hayes Neighborhood Association in the neighborhood in which he grew up and still lives today.

Ash Kalra earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Law Degree from Georgetown University.


Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,115,235

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

California Federation of Teachers
Employees of M.E. Fox & Company
Operating Engineers Local 3
California School Employees Association and employees
AFSCME California
California Faculty Association
California Professional Firefighters
Peace Officers Research Association of California
Professional Engineers in California Government
SEIU California
SEIU Local 2015
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
UFCW Western States Council
United Domestic Workers of America

More information about contributions

By State:

California 95.97%
District of Columbia 1.64%
Maryland 0.79%
Florida 0.41%
Other 1.19%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.02%)
Small contributions (0.98%)

By Type:

From organizations (70.41%)
From individuals (29.59%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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