VIDEOS: State Assembly District 24 candidate interviews


To help voters become familiar with the eight candidates vying to replace Rich Gordon in Sacramento, the Palo Alto Weekly is posting video interviews with each candidate.

The endorsement interviews were conducted by Palo Alto Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson, Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong, Mountain View Voice Editor Andrea Gemmet and Almanac News Editor Richard Hine.

In each video, the candidates -- Marc Berman, Jay Cabrera, Barry Chang, Mike Kasperzak, John Inks, Peter Ohtaki and Vicki Veenker -- talk about their stance on top state issues, including housing, transportation, education, teacher tenure, police surveillance, arbitration, and private property rights versus common good.

Seven of the eight candidates participated (Seelam Reddy did not attend his scheduled interview, and due to time constraints it could not be rescheduled.)

Click on a candidate's name below for the video.

Marc Berman

Jay Cabrera

Barry Chang

Mike Kasperzak

John Inks

Peter Ohtaki

Vicki Veenker

District 24 includes Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Woodside, Portola Valley, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Sunnyvale, a part of Cupertino and the San Mateo County coastside — from El Granada to the Santa Cruz County border


Related content:

• To read candidate profiles on Barry Chang, John Inks, Jay Cabrera and Marc Berman, click here.

• To read candidate profiles on Mike Kasperzak, Peter Ohtaki, Seelam Reddy and Vicki Veenker, click here.

• For an interactive online presentation showing the candidates' stances on top state issues, go to


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