Democratic Assemblyman Jim Beall and former Democratic Assemblyman Joe Coto are running to represent much of Silicon Valley in the 15th state Senate District, which runs from San Jose to Los Gatos, Saratoga and Cupertino, in a race that will be a rematch of the June primary.

Joe Coto

  • Party: Democratic

  • Age: 73

  • Occupation: Former Assemblyman

  • Career: California Assemblyman, 23rd District, 2004-2010; East Side Union High School District superintendent, 1989-2003; Oakland Unified School District superintendent, 1984-1988; Oakland City Council, 1973-1977; Oakland Unified School District, social studies teacher, 1965-1973

  • Education: Bachelor's degree, California Western University; master's degree, management, University of Phoenix

  • Birthplace: Miami, Ariz.

  • Home: San Jose

  • Family: His wife, Camille; two daughters

  • Positions: Supports Proposition 38 tax increase backed by civil rights lawyer Molly Munger as more effective for schools than Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 tax measure; opposes Proposition 32 ban on automatic paycheck deductions by unions and corporations for political use; supports same-sex marriage and abortion rights; no position on San Jose minimum wage Measure D.

  • Website: www.joecoto.com

    Jim Beall

  • Party: Democratic

  • Age: 60

  • Occupation: California Assemblyman, 24th District

  • Career: California Assembly, 2006-present; Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, 1995-2006; San Jose City Council, 1981-1994

  • Education: Bachelor's degree, political science, San Jose State

  • Birthplace: San Jose

  • Home: San Jose

  • Family: His wife, Pat; two stepsons

  • Positions: Supports Proposition 30 tax increase backed by Brown over Munger's Proposition 38 as more effective for schools; opposes Proposition 32 ban on automatic paycheck deductions by unions and corporations for political use; supports same-sex marriage and abortion rights; supports San Jose minimum wage Measure D.

  • Website: www.jimbeall.com