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Women’s News: National Women’s Political Caucus is asking why Santa Clara County has so few women in elected office

By Carol Rosen, Correspondent

When Charlotte Powers sat on San Jose’s city council, that body included eight women and three men, as well as women filling the positions of city manager and city attorney.

This year only two women sit on the council, and one of them will be termed out at the end of this year. And there’s only one woman on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. She was elected last year to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of George Shirakawa Jr.

Some women in the area find this situation distasteful and have restarted the National Women’s Political Caucus, which has been dormant for years, and begun a chapter of Democratic Activists for Women Now. The two groups are encouraging women to run for office.

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