San Jose Spotlight: Santa Clara County supervisorial candidates release fundraising hauls

The newly-released fundraising totals in the Santa Clara County supervisor’s race show a few unexpected front-runners as the candidates bolster their war chests.

Five candidates are vying to replace Supervisor Dave Cortese and represent a district that spans San Jose, Alviso, Sunnyvale and Milpitas.

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Otto Lee for Supervisor Campaign Announces More Than $200,000 Raised in First Campaign Filing Report

Sunnyvale, CA – Otto Lee’s campaign for Santa Clara County Supervisor announced today that they filed state campaign finance records that show a total of $209,508.61 in contributions from 254 donors in the first reporting period of the year ending on June 30th.  Of those contributions, 163 came from within Santa Clara County.

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Milpitas Beat: The “Green Mayor” from Sunnyvale Eyeing Board of Supervisors Seat

As the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors race heats up heading into its March, 2020, primary, one candidate who’s becoming more of a visible presence around Milpitas is former Mayor of Sunnyvale Otto Lee. 

Lee was mayor there from ‘06 to ‘07, after having been elected to the Sunnyvale City Council in ‘03. He remained on the Council ‘til 2011. Prior to his Council service, he served for 5 years on Sunnyvale’s Planning Commission, during which time people kept telling him to try for the City Council. Not only did he try, he succeeded, and ever since that ‘03 turning point, his political ambition has been awakened. 

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Milpitas Beat: Milpitas Democratic Club Hosts Board of Supervisors Forum

By Rhoda Shapiro

On Saturday, May 4, the Milpitas Democratic Club hosted the very first Board of Supervisors Forum for all declared candidates looking to fill Supervisor Dave Cortese’s District 3 seat next year. 

The forum ventured into the topics of public health, education, immigration, and housing. 

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San José Spotlight: Santa Clara County supervisorial candidates square off on immigration, housing

By Nadia Lopez

Three candidates running for a seat on Santa Clara County’s Board of Supervisors in 2020 squared off in a debate Saturday in Milpitas — the first event to kick off the campaign season.

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ABC 7 News: Sunnyvale Councilmember Returns From War


A lot of people could not wait for this day to come. Lee's family, friends, and even Sunnyvale residents were there to celebrate the commander's return.

Lee is finally home. The Navy reservist left not just a wife and two young daughters at home for a 13-month-long deployment to Iraq, but also an entire city. Lee is a Sunnyvale City Council member.

"It's absolutely awesome to be home. I obviously love this country," said Lee.

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ABC 7 News: Sunnyvale Councilmember Returns From Iraq


Commander Otto Lee has just 15 days with his family and every moment is precious.

"Listening to my daughter crying this morning, I never realized how nice that would sound," says Lee.

This father of two is also a naval reservist and this is a brief break from a one year deployment to Baghdad.

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NPR: 'Colbert Report' Broadcasts From Iraq

By Quil Lawrence

All week, soldiers have been crowding into an old palace hall on a U.S. military base near Baghdad airport to catch The Colbert Report.

Most of the troops know by now that Colbert is a large donor to several charities for wounded veterans and their families. And during the first show in the series, he did something to prove his commitment. By video link from Washington, D.C., President Obama ordered the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno, to shave off Colbert's perfect anchorman's hairdo. Colbert spent the rest of the week broadcasting with a crew cut.

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Mercury News: Sunnyvale Council Member Otto Lee Prepares For Iraq Deployment

By Jessie Mangaliman and Bay Area News Group

Except for a couple of red and green lanterns hanging forlornly on the porch, there are few signs of holiday cheer in the Lee household in Sunnyvale.

Otto and Sally Lee said they’re not sure they’ll be putting up a Christmas tree. They’ve been distracted, they said apologetically.

By Baghdad.

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