My story is a story of Fremont. As a near lifelong resident of Fremont, I grew up here. I went to Vallejo Mills Elementary and walked to school from the one bedroom apartment where my father, mother, and 2 siblings resided.
Fremont gave me the opportunity to go from that one bedroom apartment to helping to run a successful business and serve as a Human Relations Commissioner, Planning Commissioner, and as a Councilmember. I have been serving my community for over 30 years.
I love my city, I love my community, and I love my country. I am so blessed to have achieved the American dream. I am running for City Council to give back to a community that has given me so much, and to make Fremont an even better place to live, work, and raise families.
I had the benefit of education from a good Fremont public school (Go Huskies!), a place at a university that I could afford, and ultimately, good jobs for my family that enabled us to buy a family home and achieve the American dream. As a parent, I understand how good schools enrich our community. That’s why I will be proponent of collaboration between the city and the schools.
As a small business owner, I know what it takes to attract high quality business that will set up shop here, stay, and grow in our community.
I will advocate for smart growth that improves our existing neighborhoods, and growth that is controlled. I understand the importance of smart developments that don’t overload our city, and will focus on improving our quality of life and safety of our city.
My vision for Fremont is a simple one - I want all Fremont residents to have the same opportunities that our city gave me: a home they can afford, a good education from a school near where they live, a high-skilled job with decent pay, parks to play in, and a safe environment.
As your city councilmember, I will be your voice. I humbly ask for your vote.
Raj Salwan is a former City Councilmember, Planning commissioner, successful small business owner, husband and proud father. He has given back to the community by serving on boards and volunteering for organizations dedicated to helping seniors, children, workers and employers.
As Councilmember, Raj Salwan has focused his time on the City Council to recruit new businesses to Fremont and ensure that existing businesses grow their companies here. He has worked to use the City’s economic tools, such as tax exemptions, to keep Fremont an attractive city for employers.
Raj has also successfully worked to fully fund our police and fire departments, so they have the resources they need to keep our neighborhoods safe. He believes in strengthening the partnership better the City and the police and fire departments to ensure residents are getting the best service and show that Fremont has a zero tolerance for crime.
He has also prioritized expanding services for seniors and deepening the City’s involvement in our schools by collaborating with teachers and administrators.
Following his love for animals, Raj Salwan has developed his professional career as a leader in veterinary medicine. He owns and runs AllCare Veterinary Hospital, works as a Veterinarian with TriCity Veterinary Hospital, and is a longtime member of the California Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association.
Raj Salwan’s long track record of community service includes serving as Chairperson of Fremont Planning Commissioner, Chairperson for the Tri-Cities Democratic Forum, Chairperson of the Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson of the Fremont Human Relations Commission, Board of Directors for Adobe Services and Kidango, an organization that helps disadvantaged children, associate member of the Fremont Education Foundation and Citizen Watchdog Committee member at the Alameda County Transportation Commission.
Raj grew up in Fremont. He is a product of Fremont public schools having attended elementary, junior high and high school here. He attended University of California, Irvine and studied Biological Sciences, and a received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Summa Cum Laude) from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Councilmember Salwan is raising his three children, who also attend Fremont public schools, here with his wife. He is also a published columnist and avid reader.
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