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Dom Cortese


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-1980 Democratic AD-24 58626 Win
11-02-1982 Democratic AD-24 51373 Win
11-06-1984 Democratic AD-24 67713 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic AD-24 49729 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic AD-24 61235 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic AD-24 48549 Win
11-03-1992 Democratic AD-23 54539 Win
11-08-1994 Democratic AD-23 36575 Win
11-05-1996 Reform SD-13 17715 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Dominic L. Cortese
Born: September 27, 1932 in San Jose, CA
Married: Suzanne
Children: David Dominic*, Rosanne, Mary Elizabeth, Thomas and James
Military Service: ARMY

1969-1981: Member, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
1995: Changed party affiliation from Democratic to Reform Party*
1998-2002: Member, Alum Rock School District Board

  • When he changed party affiliation, Cortese became the highest-ranking Reform Party elected official.
  • Dave Cortese was a 1996 primary candidate for AD-23 (lost). Cortese was a Member of the San Jose City Council (2000-2008) and in 2006 and 2014 was a candidate for Mayor of San Jose. Since 2008, he has been a member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
  • Legal Troubles: In April 1991, Cortese was convicted for accepting a gift of a $3,700 house painting job from a lobbyist. Cortese was fined $7,050 and required to serve 100 hours of community service.

Source: California Assembly Handbook (1981)
Source: "No-Contest Plea in Paint Job: San Jose Legislator fined for taking unlawful gift from lobbyist" by Herbert A. Sample, Sacramento Bee (4/12/1991), p. A5

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