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Santa Clara County, CA November 5, 2013 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Tappan G. "Tap" Merrick

Candidate for
Council Member; City of Sunnyvale; Seat 3

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  • An MSBA in finance and a BA in business administration, cum laude. I also have extensive educational experience in public finance.


  • Ten years' experience with the Federal Reserve System rising from a cost accounting analyst in D.C., to procedural auditor, to cost accounting expert, to divisional controller for the S.F. Fed's 5 data centers located in S.F., L.A., Portland, Seattle and Salt Lake City.
  • Nine years as president of a financial consulting and computer brokering business.
  • Four years as a restaurant manager for Taco Bell Corporation.
  • Seventeen years as a Financial Adviser/Investment Adviser Representative, first with Ameriprise Financial and currently with Woodbury Financial.


  • Married to Sue Merrick, since 2001. Sue taught at Nimitz from 2008 to 2011. Now teaches middle school.
  • Three grown children and five grandchildren.
  • Maintain my own yard weekly.
  • I exercise for two hours per day.
  • Used to commute 4 hours per day into S.F., now about ten seconds across the hall. :-)


  • Nineteen seasons coaching local youth sports teams (baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, football).
  • Twelve years serving on youth sports boards of directors, including president of Pony Baseball.
  • Fifteen seasons officiating youth sports (soccer, baseball and softball).
  • Chairman, Save Peterson Field Committee
  • Vice-chairman, Santa Clara Neighbors for Responsible Development to scale back various developments near Birdland, including Santa Clara Square, Marina Playa, the old Kaiser site, and the old Wheels on Deals site.
  • Singular efforts to mobilize the community against the sale of Raynor School.
  • 2011 Charter Review Committee member regarding a directly elected mayoral position.
  • Committee member on the "No on Measure A" committee against a directly elected mayor.
  • Co-founder and board member of Sunnyvale Pension Reform, a 700 member organization designed to promote fiscal responsibility within Sunnyvale.
  • Often vocal community activist at Council meetings for ten years.

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