Domingo Candelas has lived in San José’s Council District 8 his whole life. Domingo’s parents immigrated here from Zacatecas Mexico and started a small HVAC business in 1989 that helped raise their family of seven in San José. He is a proud product of John J. Montgomery Elementary, and Chaboya Middle School of the Evergreen School District as well as Evergreen Valley High School of the East Side Union High School District.
Inspired by the hard work of his parents, Domingo has dedicated himself to serving his local community. After completing his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and later his Master’s in Public Administration from San José State University, he went on to work for California Senator Jim Beall from 2012 - 2019, where he developed and implemented policy objectives, strategies, and operating plans for the Senator’s office, including assisting in the passage of Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, where billions of dollars are allocated annually to fix and repair roads and bridges across the state, including San José.
Domingo also worked at Valley Water (formerly the Santa Clara Valley Water District), where he tackled various water and environmental issues. His work included collaborating with various cities in Santa Clara County to expand the use of advanced purified water in the region, and leading a major creek beautification initiative with the City of San José and several nonprofit organizations. More recently, Domingo was the Director of Local Government Affairs at Stanford University where he advocated for higher education at the local and regional level.
Domingo has been involved in various trail advocacy boards such as Save Our Trails and Friends of Five Wounds Trail as well as the Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters.
While serving as San Jose’s District 8 Councilmember, Domingo has been laser focused on the most pressing issues in our community: the desperate need for more affordable housing for working families, support for our homeless communities to transition them from the streets into shelter and services, and improved public safety.
Domingo is running for four more years to dig even deeper into the most pressing issues and to serve our community. As Councilmember he has, and always will, continue to make sure your voice is heard and to see that issues get solved. His approach to City Council has been simple, and will remain that way: respond to your questions and concerns, make informed and fair decisions, and put the public’s interest first.
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