MAYOR Jose “Joe” Esteves, a Dagupeño, won overwhelmingly in his quest for his sixth term as mayor of Milpitas City, California, USA in a three-cornered fight in their Nov. 4 elections.
He garnered 60.78 percent of the total votes over his Caucasian opponents.
Esteves, in an email to The PUNCH Thursday, said he is most grateful to voters for giving him another opportunity to serve the beautiful City of Milpitas.
Mayor Esteves with Mayor Belen Fernandez in Milpitas City
“Milpitas is the best place to live in the Bay Area and 29th best in the United States according to Money Magazine and I plan to keep Milpitas a top city,” he said.
“To my fellow Dagupenos, let’s continue to pursue excellence and strength of character in our endeavor,” Esteves said. “This is a great gesture to demonstrate our pride in our place of origin. Mabuhay!” he added.
Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez who visited Milpitas last month for the signing of sisterhood agreement hailed Esteves’ new political victory.
Fernandez said Dagupeños are so proud of Esteves’ accomplishments.
“He is a great source of pride and inspiration not only to Dagupenos but to all Filipinos,” she added.
Esteves, born and raised in Dagupan City, Pangasinan has been mayor of Milpitas since 2002. He graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and industrial engineering and an MBA. Esteves emigrated to the U.S. in 1980.
He is the first Filipino to serve as a mayor in Milpitas, California.
Esteves was elected number one to the Milpitas City Council in 1998 and has won all his mayoral elections with landslide victories.
In his new term, he wants to increase revenues by enhancing the city’s business development and retention, apply more technology to city operation for savings and efficiency, more programs and services to residents and businesses.–(Tita Roces)
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