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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of SunnyvaleCandidate for City Council, Seat 5

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Russ Melton

Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner
24,281 votes (60.6%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fiscal Responsibility • Smart Infrastructure
  • Manage Balanced Growth in Land Planning
  • Environmental Sustainability • Compassion for Community



Profession:Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner
Member, Sunnyvale Planning Commission — Appointed position (2012–current)
Member, Lawrence Station Area Plan Community Advisory Group — Appointed position (2013–current)
Member, City Manager Selection Committee Advisory Interview Panel — Appointed position (2014–2014)
Executive Vice President / Chief Operations Officer, National 1st Credit Union (2009–2011)
Senior Finance Manager, National Semiconductor Corporation (1995–2009)
Petty Officer, United States Navy (1987–1995)


Santa Clara University M.B.A. (1995)
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (1993)

Community Activities

Referee, Referee Administrator, Coach, Sunnyvale AYSO (2002–current)
Member, Navy League of the United States (2013–current)
Graduate, Leadership Sunnyvale (2011–2012)


Russ Melton works well with others to get things done for the people of Sunnyvale. Recognized for his service and leadership, Russ Melton has a track record of success on the Planning Commission and in the private sector.

Experienced Public Servant

  • Russ has served on the Planning Commission for 4+ years
  • Selected three times by his peers as Chairperson
  • Member of the 2014 City Manager Selection Committee Advisory Interview Panel
  • Member of the Lawrence Station Area Plan Community Advisory Group

Professional Leadership

  • Russ earned an MBA from Santa Clara University
  • Honorably discharged from the United States Navy
  • Graduate of Leadership Sunnyvale

Education Advocate

  • Russ’ children attend public elementary school in Sunnyvale
  • Russ is President of the School Site Council and serves on the District Advisory Committee
  • He and his wife are raising two children in Sunnyvale, his home since 2000

Silicon Valley Expertise

  • Born and raised in Palo Alto, Russ has a high-tech corporate background
  • Executive VP and COO at National 1st Credit Union
  • Senior Finance Manager at National Semiconductor. Worked for five years in mergers and acquisitions, driving strategic transactions involving complex negotiations and legal frameworks. Worked for three years in Tokyo, Japan.

In his spare time, Russ enjoys coaching and refereeing youth soccer, and he collects historic California license plates.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • State Sen. Jerry Hill • Former Sen. Elaine Alquist • Former Assemblyman Jim Cunneen
  • County Assessor Larry Stone • County Supervisors Joe Simitian and Dave Cortese • Former Supervisor Dianne McKenna
  • Mayor Glenn Hendricks • Vice Mayor Gustav Larsson • Councilmembers Jim Griffith & Jim Davis • 9 former Sunnyvale Mayors

Organizations (8)

  • The Lincoln Club of Northern California
  • Santa Clara County Republican Party of Silicon Valley
  • Silicon Valley Association of Realtors
  • South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council
  • Sunnyvale Employees Association
  • Sunnyvale Public Safety Officers Association
  • Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters

Elected Officials (14)

  • Hon. John Zoglin, Member, El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors
  • Hon. Phyllis Vogel, Member, Cupertino Union School District Board of Education
  • Hon. David Reeder, Member, El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors and former Los Altos Mayor
  • Hon. Josephine Lucey, President, Cupertino Union School District Board of Education
  • Hon. Johnny Khamis, Councilmember, City of San Jose
  • Hon. Ian Bain, Vice Mayor, City of Redwood City
  • Hon. Jim Griffith, Councilmember and former Mayor, City of Sunnyvale
  • Hon. Jim Davis, Councilmember, City of Sunnyvale
  • Hon. Gustav Larsson, Vice Mayor, City of Sunnyvale
  • Hon. Jerry Hill, California State Senator for 13th District, including Sunnyvale
  • Hon. Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County Supervisor for District 3, including Sunnyvale
  • Hon. Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor for District 5, including Sunnyvale
  • Hon. Larry Stone, Santa Clara County Assessor and former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Hon. Glenn Hendricks, Mayor, City of Sunnyvale

Individuals (54)

  • Hon. Jim Cunneen, former California State Assemblymember (ret.)
  • Nancy Tivol, Sunnyvale Resident and former Executive Director, Sunnyvale Community Services
  • Gail Swegles, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Louise Spangler, Los Altos Resident
  • Sue Serrone, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Roger Riffenburgh, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Vicki Reeder, Los Altos Resident
  • Eve Melton, Palo Alto Resident
  • Andrew Mendelsohn, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Stephen Meier, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Margaret Lawson, Sunnyvale Resident and former Chair of Silicon Valley Leadership
  • William Krivan, San Jose Resident
  • Bernis Kretchmar, Los Altos Resident
  • Jason Kenney, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Max Kaehn, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Stan Hendryx, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Maria Hamilton, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Terry Fowler, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Todd Flesner, San Jose Resident
  • Alik Eliashberg, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Shane Patrick Connolly, San Jose Resident
  • Peter Cirigliano, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Carlotta Castillo, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Carlos Castillo, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Mary Bradley, Sunnyvale Resident
  • JoAnn Barr, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Sue Barbieri, Sunnyvale Resident
  • Dick Smith, former Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner
  • Jill Shanmugasundaram, former Chair, Sunnyvale Board of Library Trustees
  • John Melton, former Palo Alto Utilities Advisory Commissioner
  • Arcadi Kolchak, former Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner
  • Barbara Fukumoto, former Sunnyvale Sustainability Commissioner
  • Ralph Durham, former Sunnyvale Planning, BPAC and Arts Commissioner
  • Amit Srivastava, Sunnyvale Sustainability Commission Vice Chair
  • Dave Simons, Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner (former Chair)
  • Ken Rheaume, Sunnyvale Planning Commission Vice Chair
  • Ken Olevson, Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner
  • Tim Oey, Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commissioner
  • Robert Lawson, Sunnyvale Arts Commissioner and former Planning and Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • Sue Harrison, Sunnyvale Planning Commission Chair and former Sustainability Commissioner
  • Dan Hafeman, Sunnyvale Sustainability Commissioner
  • Gerry Glaser, Sunnyvale Sustainability Commissioner and former Planning Commissioner
  • Hannalore Dietrich, Sunnyvale Heritage Preservation Commissioner and former Housing and Human Services Commissioner
  • Hon. Marge Bruno, former Los Altos Mayor
  • Hon. Jack Walker, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Hon. Pat Vorreiter, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Hon. Manny Valerio, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Hon. Tony Spitaleri, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Hon. Jim Roberts, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Hon. Dr. Robin Parker-Cox, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Hon. John Howe, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Hon. Melinda Hamilton, former Sunnyvale Mayor and President, Sunnyvale Education Foundation
  • Hon. Patricia Castillo, former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Hon. Elaine Alquist, former California State Senator (ret.)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Dear Friends,

Thank you for coming to Voter's Edge!   I am honored that you are interested in learning more about my campaign for Sunnyvale City Council, Seat #5, in the November 8, 2016 election.

I am running for City Council to support our quality of life.  Join with me so we can focus on our extraordinary City’s future.

I will use my experience in business and government leadership to bring a much needed approach of civility and collaboration to our City Council.   I have served since 2012 on the Sunnyvale Planning Commission where I was selected three times by my colleagues to serve as Chairperson.  In 2011, I left a successful high-tech career to commit to public service.   That dedication is what motivated me in my youth to enlist in the U.S. Navy.   I earned an MBA from Santa Clara University and graduated from Leadership Sunnyvale.  Now, my wife and I are raising our children in Sunnyvale, my home since 2000.

Sunnyvale is a great place to live, work, and do business.   I am committed to our vision of a vibrant downtown; a balanced approach to growth, housing and traffic; the City’s Climate Action Plan; smart infrastructure; and fiscal responsibility.

By working together, we can make Sunnyvale thrive today and into the future.  I want to keep Sunnyvale great, for my family and for yours.

I am supported by many Sunnyvale residents, including County Assessor Larry Stone, former County Supervisor Dianne McKenna, Mayor Glenn Hendricks, Vice Mayor Gustav Larsson, and Councilmembers Jim Davis and Jim Griffith.  On November 8, 2016, I ask you to vote Russ Melton for Sunnyvale City Council Seat #5 and watch me go to work for you.

Russ Melton

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