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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of MilpitasCandidate for Mayor

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Jose "Joe" Esteves

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4,758 votes (25.59%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Support the Milpitas Unified School District in their programs to enhance quality of education, help expand pre-school education, look into second High School
  • Maintain excellence in public safety services; implement a zero drug tolerance program, utilize cyberspace and advance technology for crime prevention
  • Address traffic and transportation issues, work with Caltrans and VTA to add at least one more lane at 237, provide for a city shuttle bus to serve BART station



Profession:Engineer, Businessperson, Systems Specialist
Mayor, Milpitas City Council — Elected position (2002–2016)
Director, VTA Board of Directors, Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors — Appointed position (2010–2016)
Systems Specialist II, Superior Court of CA, Santa Clara County (1987–2013)
Planning Commissioner, Milpitas Planning Commission — Appointed position (2005–2008)
Chair, County Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission, County Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission — Appointed position (2006–2008)
Councilmember, Milpitas City Council — Elected position (1998–2002)


Harvard University, John F Kennedy School of Government Government in the 21st Century, government philosophies, case studies of government issues, others (2003)
UCLA Anderson School of Management Communications Impact Academy, communications, public relations, correspondences (2000)
University of the Philippines BS Civil Engineering, BA Industrial Engineering, Master of Business Administration, Civil and industiral engineering, business management and administration (1975)

Community Activities

Director, 80/20 Asian National group (2016–current)



Jose S. Esteves, Mayor, City of Milpitas(2002-2008, 2010-2016)




Mayor Jose Esteves has served for many years as a volunteer and leader in various civic, non-profit, community, church and business organizations before becoming involved in public service in the City of Milpitas. A ‘Milpitas Citizen of the Year’ awardee, a Character awardee, excellence in public service awardee, and many more, he has kept his involvement with various associations keeping him in direct connections with various groups of people and citizens and making himself accessible and accountable.




In the City of Milpitas, he has focused on building structures for the future like the new Milpitas Library which was completed, on budget and on schedule, during his mayoral term, a new Senior Center, the Milpitas downtown development, and others. He has strongly advocated for ethics in public service, open government, fiscal responsibility and full City services. The current financial rating of Milpitas is AAA even with many uncertainties in our economy. Under his leadership, Milpitas was ranked by Money Magazine last October 2014 as Best Place to Live in Northern CA. He ensures that diversity is embraced in Milpitas in its true sense: respect for and involvement of each and every citizen regardless of their origin or stature.




Mayor Esteves was elected number one to the Milpitas City Council in 1998 and has won six mayoral elections with landslide victories. He garnered 73% plus in his mayoral election last November, 2012. Jose has always campaigned for excellence in public service, accomplishments, competence, character, innovation and support for people and not for any special interest group. He is running again for Milpitas Mayor this November 2018 election.




Jose is not a professional politician and is known and admired for his integrity, his fiscal responsibility, his accessibility, and his commitment to listening and communicating.  Jose has Civil and Industrial Bachelor Degrees in Engineering and an MBA. He has taken Communications Academy at UCLA Anderson School of Business and finished Leadership in the 21st Century at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.  He was voted Milpitas’ “Best Elected Official” in 2003-2008, yearly, and again in the years 2011-2016, yearly, while serving as Mayor. He was also voted as Milpitas’ 2016 Best Government Employee.




City of Milpitas was ranked ‘Best Place to Live’ in the Bay Area (29th in the whole USA) by Money Magazine in 10/14 and ‘11th Best Place to Raise a Family’ in CA by another survey in 2015. Milpitas is currently one of the fastest growing cities in California.




Jose and Susan are the proud parents of Irene, a university instructor; they have lived in Milpitas for over 35 years. 






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  • 1st - Ro Khanna, Congressman D17
  • 2nd - Lily Mei, Mayor, City of Fremont
  • Alan Nagy, Mayor, City of Newark

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

In public and community service, people and business interests come first. I am here to contribute and give to our community.Excellence in performance should be the goal, accompanied by a strong character. People's needs must be addressed soonest at best possible cost. Accomplishments year after year must be significantly benefiting all residents. Performance must be based on integrity, openness, transparency and commitment. City services and operation must be perform with focused determination to promote the following and much more:




Quality Education                                       Affordable Housing


Public Safety                                                Family Values


Traffic Control                                             Ethical Behavior/Professionalism


Economic Development/Jobs                    Fiscal Responsibility


Exceptional City Services                            Sustainable Green Environment

Sound City Development                            Cultural Sensitivity


City core services must be first and foremost in city performances serving families, children, adults, seniors, all ethnicities, and businesses.

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