Juliette Gomez, who sits on the board of the Milpitas Chamber of Commerce, has announced her candidacy for Milpitas City Council.

Gomez has lived in Milpitas for 28 years and worked as an executive coordinator for executives at the Silicon Valley tech company for more than 30 years. She also worked as an advisor for The @ Company ([email protected]), a start-up that empowers people to own and control their data. She is a proud mother and grandmother and received an award from the Milpitas School Board as well as a commendation from the town of Milpitas.

Residents know Gomez not only from the House, but also from the city’s Economic Development and Trade Commission, where she has served for the past 3 years.

She also worked on organizing and delivering mentoring sessions for high school students and delivered the closing keynote for the fifth annual Making Day program. Gomez also spent years serving as a team mom for Milpitas Youth Sports.

A first-generation American citizen, Gomez is the daughter of two Mexican immigrants who are now American citizens. Gomez’s childhood involved a lot of time in the fields, picking strawberries and apricots.

In a statement, Gomez outlined the following specific goals:

—FUND police and fire personnel and equipment to keep us safe in the event of crime, fire or natural disaster.

—Milpitas families: Engage the family unit in community-inspired events.

—Milpitas Beautification for family and community outings, business growth, a place to enjoy a safe and clean atmosphere… “Walk in Milpitas.” Let’s do this.

—Business economic development: Businesses are essential to the growth of our community. We value our business owners. Let’s promote and buy from our Milpitas families who invest their time and money to have a business in our city.

—Transportation and Traffic Mitigation: Meeting of minds to brainstorm and implement innovative ways to address the traffic challenges we all face, and to support and address road safety in our family neighborhoods around schools.

In an interview with The Beat, Gomez said, “My main goal is to look at what’s currently pending, acclimate myself, and see what changes can be made to use taxpayer dollars wisely, a safer community for residents and looking at what I can do to help businesses in Milpitas.