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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of MilpitasCandidate for City Council

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Marsha Grilli

Councilmember/Business Owner
4,406 votes (14.57%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Preserving and increasing affordable housing options with creative solutions to address all levels of affordability
  • Continue to guard tax dollars and provide fiscal transparency by maintaining the Community-Budget Oriented Budget program
  • Bring innovative, progressive programs to Milpitas to utilize clean energy and reduce the City's impact on the environment



Profession:small business owner, Councilmember
Small business owner, self (1986–current)
Milpitas City Councilmember, City of Milpitas — Elected position (2014–current)
Vice Mayor, City of Milpitas — Appointed position (2016–current)
Board of Directors, Silicon Valley Clean Energy — Appointed position (2018–current)
Board of Directors, CASSY Bay Area (Counseling and Support Services for Youth ) — Appointed position (2015–current)
Milpitas School Board Trustee, Milpitas Unified School District — Elected position (1994–2014)

Community Activities

Board of Directors, Silicon Valley Clean Energy (2018–current)
Chair / Board of Directors, Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority (2015–current)
Member, La Raza Roundtable (2015–current)
member, Silicon Valley NACP (2015–current)
Milpitas School Board Member, Milpitas Unified School District (1994–2014)


Now more than ever we need elected leaders who know how to cut through the petty politics that often plague government bodies and bring people together to find common sense solutions to complex problems. As your Vice-Mayor I have proven that I am a consensus-builder who studies the issues, solicts community input and brings people together around decisions and intitiaves that make Milpitas a better city to live and work. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Former Congressman Mike Honda
  • La Raza Roundtable de California

Organizations (11)

  • Milpitas Mid-Management /Confidential Employees
  • Milpitas Professional and Technical Group
  • Milpitas Employees Association
  • United Public Employees of California Liuna, Local 792
  • Milpitas Police Officers Association
  • Milpitas Fire Local 1699
  • COPE South Bay Labor- Sole
  • FOP Silicon Valley Lodge
  • DAWN
  • Milpitas CSEA

Elected Officials (14)

  • Eastside School Board Member Frank Biehi
  • Chris Norwood, MUSD School Board
  • Supervisor Cindy Chavez
  • Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • Assemblymember Kansen Chu
  • Councilmember Anthony Phan
  • Councilmember Bob Nunez
  • Paul Fong
  • Madison Nguyen
  • Santa Clara County Board of Education Anna Song
  • Ohlone Board of Trustee Teresa Cox
  • Saratoga Councilmember Rich Kumar
  • Campbell Councilmember Liz Gibbons
  • Supervisor Dave Cortese

Individuals (13)

  • Diana Orlando
  • Pastor Jethroe Moore
  • Jenifer Lind
  • Ron Lind
  • Linda and Dana Arbaugh
  • Mauricio Gavidia
  • Deepka Lawani
  • Wendy Stegeman, ED.d
  • Rick Sung
  • Harriet McGuire
  • Chia Ling Kong
  • Lisa Samy
  • Ginger Roy

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Bringing us together for a Safe, Clean and Compassionate Community


As an experienced leader who has demonstrated an abiliy to lead meaningful and effective change 


While others have talked about creative solutions and fiscal responsibility aimed at improving our City and our schools, Vice-Mayor Marsha Grilli has demonstrated her ability to lead meaningful and effective change for more than a quarter century of public service in our community.


During her twenty years as a Milpitas School Board member and over her last four years as our City Councilmember, Marsha has built an unmatched reputation as a consensus-builder who studies the issues, solicits community input and brings people together around decisions and initiatives that make Milpitas a better city.



Marsha has the support of labor and business leaders, teachers, environmentalists, taxpayers, public safety organizations, neighborhood leaders and thousands of residents because she is rooted in our community and understands that public officials must be accountable to their constituents. Her accomplishments during her first term include:


·     Introducing and implementing an inclusive Community Oriented Budget Process that brings organizations, residents and staff together to prioritize community needs, spend tax dollars wisely and assure a transparent process.


·     Leading the effort to address income inequality by increasing the City’s minimum wage and passing legislation to prevent wage theft.


·     Bringing innovative, progressive programs to Milpitas to utilize clean energy and reduce the City’s impact on the environment earning her the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club.



As a small business owner and a mother who raised five children in Milpitas Marsha understands that it is often the small, low-profile actions that build a healthy community. Working with regional partners she developed and won adoption of a groundbreaking Suicide Prevention Policy to foster understanding in the community and ultimately, to save lives.


When Sunnyhills residents faced the loss of their long-standing affordable housing Marsha met with stakeholders, researched the issues and worked with other councilmembers to find a solution that kept people in their homes.



Milpitas continues to grow and change rapidly. Issues like traffic mitigation, crime, housing and increasing school enrollment require bold and effective leadership. Marsha Grilli will continue to provide that leadership to our city over the next four years

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