May 24, 2017 – Only a third of Silicon Valley elected local officials are women, a majority are Democrats and just 18 percent of registered voters in the region are Republicans, according to a new Snapshot brief by Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies.
The report, prepared in partnership with GrassrootsLab, shows Democrats hold 72 percent of Silicon Valley local elected offices, compared to 69 percent in the Bay Area and 45 percent statewide.
Consistent with state and federal government representation, women are underrepresented in local elected office. In Silicon Valley, only 36 percent of local elected officials are women, compared to 38 percent in the Bay Area and 30 percent across the State of California.
In Silicon Valley, 227 local elected officials represent more than three million residents across 39 cities and two counties. The research covers elected officials as of April 2017, including those serving on city and town councils and county boards of supervisors.
The brief compares the composition of Silicon Valley’s elected officials with respect to partisan affiliation, professional backgrounds, gender and race/ethnicity. It also compares Silicon Valley’s figures to elected officials in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and local elected officials throughout California.
An overwhelming majority of city and county officials in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area identify as working in business, law, education and government. Additionally, representatives in Silicon Valley show a much higher affinity towards careers in engineering, technology and science than those in the Bay Area or California as a whole.
Asian and Pacific Islander representation is relatively high in Silicon Valley, with 16 percent of local elected officials identifying as such. In contrast, 10 percent of Bay Area and 5 percent of California elected officials identify as Asian or Pacific Islander.
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