Ash has dedicated his life to public service. He was elected to the California State Assembly in 2016 and before that served eight years on the San Jose City Council. Prior to the council, Ash was a an attorney at the Santa Clara County Public Defenders Office for 11 years. In addition to these positions, Ash has been a teacher, sat on numerous boards and commissions, and has received a number of awards for his leadership and work. His priorities as an Assemblymember are to continue to make a difference for his community and be a champion for transit, safety, the environment and the people of San Jose.
“Ash has been an impressive member of the City Council, taking principled stands and getting things done for the people of San Jose. He has been a powerful voice in strengthening San Jose’s schools, supporting teachers and making a difference for students. We need more leaders like Ash in Sacramento to ensure that our public schools are preparing our children to succeed in a rapidly changing world.” —Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
“With his record as a member of the VTA and Caltrain Boards of Directors, Ash has proven his passion and dedication to improving public transportation affordability and accessibility for all. He has been an advocate for bringing BART to Silicon Valley, better environmental standards, quality customer service and on-time schedules. I look forward to seeing what Ash will do in Sacramento to move California forward."
— Norman Y. Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
“No candidate in this race is a bigger champion for the environment than Ash Kalra. He has stood with us time and again to fight for strong protections for our communities, improved water conservation and better air quality, and he will work tirelessly to ensure California continues to be on the frontline of the fight against climate change. The California League of Conservation Voters is proud to endorse Ash for California State Assembly.”
—Sarah Rose, CEO, California League of Conservation Voters
"I have seen firsthand Ash’s compassion and hard work to help the homeless community here in Santa Clara County. Over the years, he has been a true partner in our community dedicated to issues of homelessness and housing affordability. I am sure that Ash Kalra will continue this work in Sacramento of collaborating with his peers and the community to create solutions to give this vulnerable community the help they need to get off the streets. That is why I am proud to support Ash in his campaign for State Assembly." —Jennifer Loving, Executive Director of Destination Home*
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“When we were looking to expand our research and development facility in south San Jose, we faced red-tape that delayed our project for months. Once we talked with Ash, he stepped in and prompted the city to respond quickly and he had us moving at the speed of business to open soon after. Ash allowed us to remove the red-tape so we could instead cut the ribbon at our grand opening, bringing hundreds of high-quality jobs to San Jose."
—William Chang, CTO, Stryker Corporation
“San Jose police officers have worked closely for years with City Councilmember Ash Kalra. He's always had our backs. He's fought to put more officers on our streets, battled to restore the SJPD burglary unit and warned against disbanding the highly acclaimed Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit. Now, we need Ash to take our fight for more effective law enforcement to Sacramento.”
—Paul Kelly, SJPOA President