First Latino Mayor of San José, Ron Gonzales, Endorses Otto Lee for Santa Clara County Supervisor

Gonzales cites Otto Lee’s experience and competency, joining a diverse coalition of support.

May 14, 2020

SAN JOSE, CA – Otto Lee’s campaign for Santa Clara County District 3 Supervisor today announced the endorsement of former San José Mayor, Ron Gonzales.  Mr. Gonzales respects Lee’s dedication to serving his nation and his community and believes he will be a much-needed voice for Santa Clara County as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Otto Lee has earned my respect and my support for Santa Clara County Supervisor,” said Gonzales. “He has proven time and again that he is willing to put service first, exemplified by his almost 30 years of military service. As a former Mayor and lifelong public servant, Otto has the experience required to be effective on day one. In addition, Otto’s perspective as an immigrant who came to this country in search of a better life will enable him to empathize with and fight for marginalized populations in our community.

Ron Gonzales served for eight years on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and as a two-time mayor and member of the Sunnyvale City Council. He also served as Mayor of San José from 1999-2006.

Gonzales’s endorsement is an indication that Lee’s campaign is once again building significant momentum heading into the summer months. Gonzales was a Councilmember and two term Mayor of Sunnyvale before becoming the first Latino Mayor elected in San José in 1999. 

Gonzales joins a diverse coalition of elected officials, community leaders and political organizations that have endorsed Otto’s campaign because of his commitment to building affordable housing, reducing homelessness, protecting the environment and reducing traffic congestion.

Otto’s campaign also has the support of the Democratic Party, League of Conservation voters, Congressmember Anna Eshoo, Former US Secretary of Transportation and San José Mayor Norman Mineta, Former Congressman Mike Honda, and dozens of local elected officials. A full list of endorsers is available at


Otto Lee is running for Santa Clara County Supervisor in District 3 to continue his lifetime of public service to his community. A veteran, environmentalist, father, immigrant and former Mayor of Sunnyvale, Otto will use his experience to ensure a better Santa Clara County for all residents.