Below are our endorsed candidates for the 2016 general election.

As your Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, we actively engage in community issues and public policy development at the local, state, and national level. We continue to maintain close relationships with local officials in order to ensure that your voice is heard. That being said, our chamber has engaged in candidate interviews, political research and relationship building with this year's line-up of candidates. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce our list of local recommended candidates for the 2016 November election. Each candidate on our list has made an impact within their district for both the Hispanic community, as well as the greater community at large. We are confident that they will be our voice at city hall, the county, and Sacramento. We will be hosting a few events for the candidates and if you are interested in participating please reach out to our Public Policy Co-Chair: Peter Ortiz at


CINDY CHAVEZ for County supervisor

As a two-term member of the San Jose City Council, she built a strong reputation as an advocate for improving the quality of life throughout San Jose. She was a leader in developing cutting-edge community-based programs to address crime, education, small business development and neighborhood revitalization. Elected to the City Council in 1998 and re-elected in 2002, Chavez served two years as vice mayor. Her terms were distinguished by implementing goals to make every neighborhood safe, enhancing opportunities for residents and providing guidance on improving city government’s service to them.


Jim Beall FOR State senate

In the State Senate, Jim has worked tirelessly to improve regional transportation, increase educational funding, and support foster youth. As chair of the Senate Transportation committee, Jim brought Republicans to the table to address the $59 billion backlog in deferred maintenance for roads. And he wrote the bill allowing youth in foster care to stay with their families through their college years. Over his three years in the State Senate, Jim has authored bills to improve California’s air quality, provide long-term funding for the Cap & Trade program for projects like BART to San Jose, and to protect foster care youth from being overprescribed psychotropic drugs.


Sergio Jimenez for City council

Sergio graduated from San José State University, a first for his family. At SJSU Sergio met his wife Patty and they have three children. Sergio extends himself to San José as Chair of the San José Parks & Recreation Commission. He is an advocate for expanding our parks, preserving our green space, and beautifying our city by abating graffiti and coordinating monthly litter pick-ups. Five years ago Sergio founded the Oak Grove Neighborhood Association. As President he focused on community well-being, and established strong relationships among the District 2 Neighborhood Associations


Sylvia arenas FOR city council

As a Mother raising her family in District 8, Sylvia has a vested interest in ensuring that our homes and streets are safe, all schools are distinguished, our local businesses thrive, and parks and community centers support children and families. Sylvia has been serving children and families through neighborhood revitalization work with youth and early childhood intervention programs. She currently serve as a School Board Member for Evergreen Elementary School District and in a council office to improve educational and public policy.