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California State SenateCandidate for District 15

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Tim Gildersleeve

Paratransit Operator
1,635 votes (0.7%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Housing as a human right
  • Education as a human right
  • Transportation with movement toward free public transit



Profession:Paratransit Operator
Not Applicable, Not Applicable — Elected position (not availa–not availa)
Paratransit Operator/Backup Window Dispatcher (since 2019), MV Transportation (2007–current)
Paratransit Operator, ATC/Veolia (2002–2007)
Computer Systems Technician II, Sterling Software/Sverdrup Technologies (1990–2001)
General Night Manager, Kirk's Steakburger's (1982–1992)


San Jose State University B.S. Degree in Business Administration, management information systems was the concentration of the business major (2002)
De Anza College A.A. Degree in Computer Information Systems, business option was the concentration of the CIS degree (1995)
Cupertino High School High School Diploma, General Education (1979)

Community Activities

Deacon, Valley Church (2019–current)
Member, Valley Church (1994–current)
Member, South Bay Progressive Alliance (2019–current)
Volunteer, Love in the name of Christ (2010–2017)


I was born in Hackensack, New Jersey on June 13, 1961.  My family lived in both New York and New Jersey.  Due to an illness of my mother, my brother and I came out to live in California to live with my father.

I was a very good student in grade school and had a strong value system within myself.

My teenage years were spent playing street sports, going to school, working in a restaurant, and going to sporting events.  Sports was my primary recreational focus.  My father and I had many political conversations as I was growing up and this is what gave fruition to my interest in politics.

Although I went to church early in my life, after that time I was not raised by my mother or father to pursue spirituality.  I was quite quiet during my school years and into my college years.  As I began to become aware of the world, I began to ask questions about why things were the way they are.  The most important decision that I would make in my life occurred in my late teenage years - I became a follower of Jesus Christ.

I began to take an interest in volunteering and helping.  It was the early stages of living a type of life like that.  I worked and went to college, but college was a struggle due to the fact that I was not a morning person.  Eventually, I would get a B.S. degree and an A.A. degree.

Currently, I am active in my church.  I was elected as a Deacon last year and have been given the opportunity to lead the food pantry ministry.  I usher on Sunday mornings and am responsible for posting the sermons.  I attend as many political functions as I can and when political leaders have volunteer opportunities, I sign up for them (although I don't always make them).

My current job as a paratransit operator has allowed me to interface with many types of people in Santa Clara County.  In my previous two jobs I was in a supervisory role (general night manager in a restaurant and later on lead tech over two employees at my job as Ames Research Center) and gained some leadership experience.

In my opinion, the highest form of lifestyle one can live is to 1)  Love one's neighbor as one's self, and 2) Live a life of service to others.  

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Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for all income groups in California?
Answer from Tim Gildersleeve:

Housing is a human right.  Nobody who does not want to be living in the streets should be there.

Some ideas for alleviating the affordable housing shortage include:

1.  Support agressive rent control.  I supported Proposition 10 which would have repealed the Costa-Hawkins legislation on rents in 1995.  While I do not believe that rent control policy is the final answer for housing, it would bring stabilization.  I prefer local control for housing.  The repeal of Costa-Hawkins would have allowed local municipalities to set their own rents.  The voters would still have to vote in local officials in favor of rent stabilization, otherwise it would not occur.

2.  Immediately move in the direction of state-wide transitional housing and sanctioned tent encampments.  In addition to these two items of legislation, social services should be provided to all those who would be moved into these entities.  We don't want transitional housing and sanctioned tent encampments to be viewed as a permanent solution but as transitional in nature (toward permanent housing).

3.  Support legislation similar to SB50.  This would have given the state control over local entities to push for housing.  As I have mentioned above, I am in favor of local control for housing but only if the local municipalities are getting the job done.  Local governments have been slow to build housing.  SB50 would have allowed the state to exert some power over local control in building housing.

4.  I support the idea of appealing to the federal government (housing department) for more Section 8 vouchers.  While we need a huge increase for these nationally, I will lobby especially hard for California.

5.  Consider changing housing rules in California.  The intent of home ownership was not to allow for people or corporations to use housing as a means to make huge profits (example would be "flipping").  The way the rules are manifested in California has allowed the purchase of homes to explode at an unaffordable price for many middle-income people.

6.  Allow subsidies for middle income people to purchase housing. 

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Tim Gildersleeve:

A few years ago, in a survey that I read in the San Jose Mercury News, water was ranked as the number one issue that the California people were concerned about.  This may not be true right now.

I believe that water conservation should be the primary focus in regards to addressing this issue.  If legislation does not exist already, I support the idea that water meters be on every building in California.  The agriculture industry must be able to monitor their water usage via meters as well.  Apartment complexes must have water meters attached to all individual apartment units.  PG&E has set up smart meters which allows users to monitor their electricity usage in their households and businesses.  The same should be true in regards to monitoring water usage.

There should be tiered pricing in relation to water usage.  Those who are frugal in their water usage should be rewarded.  Those who use water in excess should be penalized.

We must also make sure that our water supply is clean and drinkable.  Reports should be easily accessible to the residents of California so they can check on the status of their water purity.

To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.
Answer from Tim Gildersleeve:

Ideologically, I agree with the executive order.  However, realistically, I do not know if this is possible.

Nevertheless, I will support a move toward carbon free emissions vehicles in California.  I support subsidies for low income people and subsidies for small businesses in order to achieve this goal.  Transitioning toward a carbon free environment will cost money.  As I have stated in my three priorities in my legislative agenda, I believe that we need to move in a direction of free public transportation.

I support a ban on fracking, am not in favor of expanding off-shore oil drilling, and do not favor opening public lands within the state for oil drilling as well.

As we transition toward a fossil fuel economy in California, planning has to be considered on how the changes will affect workers.  We don't want to see a huge increase in unemployment as a result of the transition.

We must view carbon neutrality in terms of a global perspective.  While we can do our part in California to transition, if the rest of the world doesn't come along then the overall global goal will not be achieved.  As a state, we must be involved in global discussions about carbon neutrality.

I would support legislation that would make it mandority for all public entities to be carbon free by 2045.

According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, we spend over $81,000 per individual who is incarcerated.  Other than incarceration, what ways can the State address safety and justice?
Answer from Tim Gildersleeve:

I voted no on both propostion 47 and 57. 

In order to address public safety and crime we must work to prevent it from happening in the first place.  I would like to see data that shows the correlation between family life and community life and how it relates to crime.  Intuitively I would think that a good familiy life and community life would lessen the possibility of people turning to crime (although it is not a given).  Once we understand that correlation, we can work to create programs that are known to reduce crime rates and those that would be prone to entering into a life of crime.

I am in favor of capital punishment with guidelines to ensure that an innocent person is not executed.  Death penalties should cover murder, excess rape crimes, and excess drug dealing crimes.  The California people have shown via voting that they are in favor of this option for criminals.  We should not go soft on violent crime.  Those with substance abuse issues that are facing arrest or prison time should have the option of getting treatment rather than spending time in prison.   



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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am not a Republican or a Democrat.  I have been registered as No Party Preference for at least 10-15 years (maybe longer).  When I vote, I am not beholden to a party platform and could vote for anyone that I think is best for the position, regardless of political party.  When I run for office, I leave the general election choice blank for the position that I ran for (if I lose in the primary).  I did not vote in favor of the open primary system.  Term limits is an area of disagreement I have with the voters.  I did not vote in favor of them.

I favor the poor, elderly, and disabled.  Environmental issues are of high importance to me, I am pro-union and believe that unions are a mechanism to combat income inequality.  Housing, education, healthcare, and a job with a livable wage are human rights.  I favor small businesses (especially family owned ones) since I believe they are the backbone of our economy.

If I were a political party (and I have no intention of establishing one), I would be a Christocrat (with the definition of that being that Jesus Christ is rightful ruler and King of planet Earth).  As a citizen of planet Earth, I render unto Caesar the the things that are Caesar's and to King Jesus Christ those things that are King Jesus Christ's.

Free speech is highly valued by me.  I am pro-life (but am not in favor of overturining Roe vs Wade) and believe that those who have conscious objections to abortions should not be forced to participate in them.  The idea of a surveillance society is abhorrent to me.  I consider myself a civil libertarian.

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