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Edessa Bitbadal
Candidate San Jose City Council
(District 10)

Edesa Bitbadal is a long time resident of San Jose District 10.  She has nearly 15 years of public service experience in San Jose. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Planning Commission for the City and has worked as a policy aide to San Jose Council members Linda LeZotte and Kansen Chu. 

Bitbadal was born in Abadan, Iran and is of Assyrian descent.  Her father, Dr. Andrei Bitbadal, was the Chief of the International Relations of Veterinary Organization of Iran and Director of Animal Quarantine Services with the Ministry of Agriculture.  She moved to the U.S. with her family in 1985. Bitbadal earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University.

Bitbadal is one of six candidates running for San Jose City Council District 10.  Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, State Senator Elaine Alquist, San Jose Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, and San Jose Councilmember Nancy Pyle, are among the many community leaders, public officials, and organizations who have endorsed her campaign.

A proponent of celebrating Iranian culture and heritage, Bitbadal has, for the last four years, asked the City of San Jose to recognize the Iranian New Year. At her request, Pars Equality Center received The Iranian New Year Proclamation by Councilmember Pyle and Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose.

Background Information

Residence: San Jose, CA
Public Service: Vice Chair of the Planning Commission for the City of San Jose
Previous Exp.: Redevelopment Officer for the City of San Jose’s Redevelopment Agency
Education: BA & MA San Jose State University.