Supervisors Kniss and Yeager, Sheriff Smith Join Santa Clara County Leaders Endorsing Jim Beall for State Senate

Leaders Praise Beall’s Record, Vision and Dedication to Santa Clara County

San Jose, CA — Today, Assemblyman Jim Beall announced the endorsement of several key Santa Clara County leaders in his campaign for State Senate District 15, including Sheriff Laurie Smith, Board of Supervisors President Liz Kniss and Supervisor Ken Yeager. Also endorsing Assemblyman Beall are former County Executive Pete Kutras and former County Supervisor Rod Diridon, Sr.

Citing his long history of accomplishments and service, these leaders agreed that Assemblyman Beall is the best candidate to stand up for the people of Santa Clara County. They join hundreds of Santa Clara residents who have already endorsed Assemblyman Beall.

“Jim Beall has spent hislife fighting for those without a voice — our children, people struggling with disabilities and illness and people living in poverty,” said Supervisor Yeager. “He will be a strong advocate for all residents of Santa Clara County in the State Senate – standing up against the special interests, protecting education and vital social services from budget cuts, and attracting and nurturing the businesses that will create quality high-tech jobs.”

“Over the last 30 years, Jim Beall has built an unmatched record of creating jobs, fighting traffic congestion and protecting the health and safety of the people of Santa Clara County,” said Sheriff Smith. “I am proud to support Jim and to continue to work with him to improve California’s future.”

Born and raised in San Jose, Assemblyman Beall is a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory and San Jose State University. He served on the San Jose City Planning Commission before becoming the youngest person, at age 28, ever to be elected to the San Jose City Council.  He served 14 years on the council and in 1994, he was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Beall was elected to the California Assembly in 2006 and re-elected by wide margins in 2008 and 2010.  Over his 30 years in public service, he has represented nearly half of SD15.  Jim has been married to his wife, Pat, for more than 25 years and is the proud stepfather of her two sons, Greg and Mark.