Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Gay man to lead Santa Clara Board of Supervisors

KNewsletter1Openly gay Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager disclosed today in an email to constituents that he is in line to become president of the Board of Supervisors in 2010.

Yeager, who lives with his longtime partner Michael Haberecht, turns 57 tomorrow (Saturday, December 12).

“I am excited to announce that I have been officially nominated by my fellow Supervisors to be next year’s Board President,” wrote Yeager in the email. “My term as President begins in January, whereupon I will take over the gavel from Supervisor Liz Kniss, who has led the Board this past year. Supervisor Dave Cortese will serve as the new Vice President.”

Yeager, a former San Jose City Councilman, won election to the county seat in June of 2006. He represents District 4, which includes sections of San José and the cities Santa Clara and Campbell, where out Councilman Evan Low recently became mayor. He is the highest-ranking out official in the South Bay.

The county board’s presidency rotates each year between the supervisors. The person who holds the post is in charge of running Board meetings, presiding over certain ceremonial events, and acting as a representative for the County, wrote Yeager.

Each year, the Board President also delivers a “State of the County” address  that reflects on recent accomplishments, outlines upcoming challenges, and charts new initiatives, stated Yeager. The State of the County is tentatively scheduled for the morning of January 26.

“I will keep you informed as details unfold,” wrote Yeager.

— Matthew S. Bajko, December 11, 2009 @ 2:54 pm PST
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