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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of CupertinoCandidate for City Council

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Darcy Paul

Councilmember, City of Cupertino
9,518 votes (18.09%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Expansion of the Cupertino Library Space to Support Popular Community Programming
  • Addressing Park-Deficient Areas of Cupertino
  • Fixing Mass Transit in Cupertino and the South Bay

Experience

Experience

Profession:Mayor of Cupertino
Principal and Attorney, Paul Law Group, P.C. (2010–current)
Councilmember, City of Cupertino — Elected position (2014–current)
Mayor, City of Cupertino — Appointed position (2018–current)
Commissioner, Cupertino Parks & Recreation Commission — Appointed position (2008–2014)

Education

Harvard Law School Juris Doctorate, Law (2003)
Harvard College A.B. (Bachelor of Arts), Biology (1999)

Biography

I am the current Mayor of Cupertino.  In anticipation of being Mayor this year, I did as much possible to clear space in my professional schedule.  By trade and profession, I am an attorney.  I attended Harvard Law School and graduate in 2003.  Prior to that, I studied to become a medical doctor as a pre-med at Harvard College.  I was admitted into medical school but I decided to become an attorney in order better to understand and help our democratic society.  After I moved to Cupertino in 2005, I served on the Cupertino Parks & Recreation Commission for seven years, from 2008-2014, prior to being elected to our City Council at the end of 2014.  

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe that Democracy can work and function as the best possible system that we have as human beings.  But I also know that this is not an easy system to achieve.  A lot of people mistake complete lack of contention for success.  The truth of the matter is, there is no way that we are going to hash out our disagreements in the absence of contention.  And at the end, we are not all going to agree on everything.  We need truth and honesty, and a healthy mechanism for preserving and respecting the rights of all people to have their perspectives heard, much more than we need unanimous consent on all issues.  If we, as a society spearheading our modern Democratic system, figure out how to preserve the rights of minorities in this manner, then we are going to succeed with our social aims.  If we don't, then we are going to go down a path of cronyism, systemic corruption, and eventually systemic decay where we lose sight of our most valued priorities.  After that, there will be no functional difference between how we operate and how an oligarchy or a dictatorship operates, except for perhaps the fact that we are less efficient in certain respects as we pretend to pay heed to democratic processes.

We need dissent but we also need to be intelligent and well-considered about how we approach our disagreements.  It is critically necessary to be civil to each other and not to act like we live in a feudal society where not prevailing on any given decision means the sacrifice of our family honor.  We are not engaged in a winner-take-all process here.  That kind of mentality is both undisciplined and uninformed under modern Democratic principles.  Some people like to talk about winners and losers.  I prefer to do the hard work of upholding our system and processes, and to hold a basic faith that we are robust enough to withstand blustering idiots.  And I know that we are.  We have to hold fast to the notion that we are ruled by laws and not by any particular group or individual.  We should not take pre-conceived notions into our decisionmaking process and drag everyone through a dance of going through the motions.  I can't think of a sadder fate for a system conceived in the idea that we can enjoy our freedoms through a patient and thoughtful exercise of the healthy and competing tensions of our individual autonomies than allowing ourselves to be manipulated by ego-driven demagoguery.

Ours is a system filled with possibilities, and when you look around Cupertino, you know that the vast majority of things are going well.  Our schools are doing well.  We are at the epicenter of cutting-edge innovation as delivered to people all around the world.  And we attract people from all around the world.  Our parks are good, and our programming is improving.  We are building upon solid fiscal foundations since the last recession.  I will continue to encourage the spirit of volunteerism in order to help keep our community compassionate, effective, and motivated to get all the work done that we need to do in order to ascertain all of the various factors, see through fair processes, and then follow-through in a manner that gets things done while optimizing our ability to address the many underlying concerns.  As stated, this is not an easy endeavor, but it is one worth the time and sacrifice.

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