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SAN JOSE — Teresa Alvarado, candidate in a July 30th runoff election for District 2 Santa Clara County Supervisor, has announced a comprehensive plan to improve the economic security of women in Santa Clara County. Alvarado’s plan involves five key strategies:

> Ensure equal access to jobs
> Close the gender wage gap
> Expand educational opportunities
> Offer affordable, high-quality child care; and
> Promote women-owned businesses

Details of the plan are available on this website.

Business and community leaders are already lining up in support of Alvarado’s plan, including Rose Amador, President and CEO of the Center for Training and Careers, a nonprofit providing employment and education programs to residents of Santa Clara County.

“Teresa has dedicated much of her professional and community service toward advancing the role of women in our economy and improving conditions for them to succeed,” said Amador. “Her plan is an ideal blueprint for addressing the social and economic inequalities that prevent women from reaching their full potential.”

Alvarado’s plan has also received support from civic, business, and education leaders like former San José Mayor Susan Hammer, small business owner Ivonne Montes de Oca, San José Unified School District Board President Pamela Foley, and Patricia Chiapellone, Executive Director of the Alum Rock Counseling Center.

“It is critical for the long-term economic viability of Santa Clara County that the income and economic status of women be increased,” said Alvarado, founder of the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley and former member of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s STEM Leadership Board. “As a Supervisor, I plan to work in partnership with government, business, and the community to enhance economic opportunities for the women of Santa Clara County.“

Alvarado is running to fill the seat vacated by former Supervisor George Shirakawa, Jr., who resigned in March after pleading guilty to misuse of public funds.