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Santa Clara County, CA June 3, 2008 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Dominic J. Caserta

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Member of the State Assembly; District 22; Democratic Party

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A descendant of Portuguese and Italian immigrants, Dominic Caserta is a fifth-generation resident of Santa Clara. His family has been active in the civic affairs of the Mission City for more than 100 years. Dominic was born and raised in the Santa Clara Valley.

Dominic's public service first began in November 2002, when he was overwhelmingly elected to the Santa Clara City Council. In November 2006, Dominic was re-elected in a convincing victory. As the Vice-Mayor, Council Member and Chaplain, Dominic has been a strong advocate of fiscal discipline, economic revitalization and safe streets for Santa Clara's children.

Like many residents of Santa Clara, Dominic shares the challenges with life in Silicon Valley + traffic congestion, dwindling open space, and spiraling housing costs. Dominic has tackled these issues head on as a Council Member, putting public policy above partisan politics in creating workable solutions to these issues.

In addition to his distinguished service on the Santa Clara City Council, Dominic is a respected teacher at Santa Clara High School. Since August 1998, Dominic has taught American Government, Economics and American History at Santa Clara. He also served as the United Teachers of Santa Clara Union representative.

As a public school teacher, Dominic has an in-depth perspective on the current state of our public educational system. Dominic is a strong advocate with a vision for improving our schools and preparing our children for the workforce. He understands that our children are our future and knows that an excellent education is the key ingredient in preparing our youth for the challenges of the 21st century.

In addition to his duties in the classroom and at City Hall, Dominic has his real estate license. Dominic is also involved as the Library Ambassador for Santa Clara, Chair of the Ethics Committee for Santa Clara, a member of the Santa Clara Optimist Club, SES Portuguese Corporation, the Italian American Heritage Foundation, the Young Men's Institute of Santa Clara, the Santa Clara Unified School District's Wellness, Nutrition & Physical Activity Committee and member of the California Teachers Association (CTA).

Dominic lives in the Old Quad in Santa Clara and recently had his Mission style home on the Santa Clara Home Tour. Dominic received his Bachelor's in Political Science from Santa Clara University and is a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory.

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