The field of candidates competing to lead San Ramon continues to grow with the recent announcement that local small business owner and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Susmita Nayak is running for mayor in the Nov. 3 election.
A 15-year resident of San Ramon, Nayak has centered her campaign around strong leadership, fiscal responsibility and an opposition to development projects that do not fit the city's character or are not seen as responsible.
Commenting on development in her city, Nayak further stated that she is the only candidate who has voiced opposition to the CityWalk Master Plan that proposes to develop 4,500 housing units in the heart of the Bishop Ranch Property.
"I am a passionate leader with a sharp vision, a problem solver, a good decision-maker with high values and integrity. Our city needs strong leadership that works for our residents to maintain a good quality of life by optimizing the city budget efficiently," Nayak told DanvilleSanRamon.com.
"Our residents don’t want any further increase in utility bills or property tax which is overwhelmingly high. Instead, we should be focusing on creative strategies to utilize the funds in more judicious and economical ways," she added. "Moreover, I am very concerned about the huge 25-year development proposal of the CityWalk Master Plan at Bishop Ranch during this unprecedented and uncertain time."
In addition to maintaining San Ramon's reputation as a safe community to live and prosper, Nayak has listed six key priorities for her platform: economic development, fiscal accountability, review and adopt ordinances, maintain open space with sustainable growth, traffic mitigation, and open-door government and collaboration.
As a full-time small business owner in San Ramon, Nayak has a business background in her city and is currently serving in her third term on the Board of Directors for the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce.
A member of the chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee, Nayak said her time with the chamber has helped increase her experience in civic governance and given her insight into the most pressing issues facing her community.
She further added that she has attended city events and meetings collaborated with city officials and community leaders, and through her participation with the Chamber, has been "deeply involved in making decisions on several ordinances and bills."
Nayak is also familiar with the region's school systems from a parental point of view, having, alongside her husband, raised two children who are currently attending San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools.
She also has a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering completed in India and has more than 18 years of experience in the telecom sector.
This is not Nayak's first run at local city leadership, in 2016 she campaigned to join the San Ramon City Council but was beaten by incumbent councilmen Phil O’Loane and Scott Perkins -- both of whom are up for re-election in November.
"We are fortunate to live in such a vibrant city that embraces inclusion and diversity. I am stepping up for complex community challenges that I couldn’t ignore. Our city needs strong leadership and vision that leads us to a better future," she said on her campaign website.
Nayak is the third resident of San Ramon to publicly declare their candidacy for mayor, which will be left open with sitting Mayor Bill Clarkson terming out at the end of the year. The other candidates so far are City Councilwoman Sabina Zafar and Open Space Advisory Committee member Aparna Madireddi.
Learn more about Nayak and her campaign online at www.susmitanayak.org.