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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    
April 28, 2010

For More Information, Contact:
Keith Weissglass (650) 688-6384


SACRAMENTO – State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) will host a community celebration to honor San Jose Vice Mayor Judy Chirco, the 11th State Senate District’s Woman of the Year, in San Jose on May 6. Simitian selected Chirco for the award to recognize her decades of community service and leadership.

WHAT: Community celebration hosted by State Senator Joe Simitian honoring Judy Chirco, 11th State Senate District Woman of the Year.

WHEN: Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose

RSVP: Online at or call (650) 688-6384 or (408) 277-9460

The celebration is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

“When it comes to good works, Judy Chirco is the complete package,” said Simitian. “The breadth and depth of her service is just extraordinary – as a city leader, a school leader, a neighborhood activist, and an advocate for social justice. She’s both tough-minded and good-hearted, which is a wonderful combination.”

During her time in San Jose, Chirco has championed numerous projects for children. As a Board Member of PACT (People Acting in Community Together), she worked to fund San Jose’s Homework Center Program and guarantee children’s access to health care.

Chirco is also an advocate for environmental stewardship and sustainability. On the City Council, she has advocated for tougher emissions standards for city vehicles, green building guidelines, and an environmental awareness program for students.

“Judy is genuine, fair and passionate about her work,” said Scott Green, Chirco’s former Chief of Staff. “She is a gift to our community. No matter the challenge, Judy takes the work seriously, but never herself.”

Prior to her election to public office, Chirco was an active member of her local PTA and a community volunteer. She and her husband Ed, who both work in property management, are proud parents and grandparents.

“I’m honored to have been selected,” said Chirco. “I hope I’ve made a difference, but I certainly don’t think of myself as having done it alone.”

The Woman of the Year award is given annually by members of the California State Legislature to honor outstanding women in their districts. Simitian chose Chirco from among his 950,000 constituents in the three counties and thirteen cities and towns of the 11th State Senate District.



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