David D. Cortese
David D. "Dave" Cortese (born in 1956) is an American elected official from California, currently serving on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, representing District 3 including Milpitas, parts of Sunnyvale and San Jose. Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors, he served as a Councilman and Vice Mayor for the City of San Jose. Cortese served for eight years as a trustee for the East Side Union High School District in San Jose.
Dave Cortese won a seat on the Santa Clara County Supervisors in 2008 with 56,845 votes, or 54.87%. He was reelected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2012 with 40,360 votes, or 100%.  According to the unbiased League of Women Voters web site in 2008, Cortese was:
- Occupation: Vice Mayor, City of San Jose
- Attorney with certifications in mediation and environmental law
- Former Trustee, East Side Union High School District - 8 years
- Businessman, over 30 years
- Promote economic growth and infrastructure development.
- Protect health/human services such as Valley Medical Center and various other important programs.
- Reform juvenile justice system.
According to the unbiased League of Women Voters web site  in 2012, Dave Cortese was 55 years old and a current member of the Board of Supervisors. His ballot statement read:
Improving your quality of life has been my top priority as your County Supervisor. For the past four years, I've focused on strengthening our local economy, creating new jobs, providing quality healthcare programs and public safety services, reducing crime, easing traffic congestion, expanding renewable energy production, and investing your tax dollars responsibly.
In my first term, my accomplishments included: securing funding for transportation projects that will ease your commute, including the BART to San Jose extension, upgrades to the County's expressway system, extending VTA Light Rail to Eastridge Mall, and improvements to HWY 101 and the Tully Road, Capitol Expressway, and Yerba Buena interchanges; approving a new ambulance service, which will save taxpayers millions of dollars and improve 911-response times; protecting farmland and open space; and, despite budget cuts, continued funding for gang prevention, senior nutrition programs, and expanded hours at County pharmacies in Sunnyvale and Milpitas. I also improved government transparency by introducing new Sunshine Laws.
In my next term, I will continue to focus on strengthening our economy, creating new jobs, improving education, protecting our environment, and expanding access to healthcare and programs for seniors and youth. I respectfully ask for your vote.
- Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters