My first vote as a US citizen!

For many folks like me who have gone through the citizenship process, getting to vote in itself is a super exciting event! So here it is in all its glory…another one for my memories and what truly makes me feel like a US citizen! It was such a super easy process, no lines and all the time in the world for a few pictures while dropping the ballot in! Speaking of ballots, have you voted yet? 🙂

Endorsed by and featured in the editorial of the Monterey County Weekly!

I am super excited to announce that the Monterey County Weekly has endorsed my candidacy! In addition to the endorsement I was featured in the editorial write-up!

The Weekly has won nearly 100 local, regional, state or national editorial awards for editorial content, design and photography so this is such an honor!

Grab the October 8th 2020 print issue of the Weekly at over 900 locations in Monterey County to read more. Bonus: you can also catch a picture of me at one of my favorite spots in P. G.!

Alternatively find the e-newsletter version here (opens up in a new tab): http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/opinion/mcnow_intro/vote-like-democracy-depends-on-it-because-it-does-the-weekly-editorial-board-s-endorsements/article_903fb05c-09be-11eb-bce9-a78205be1e8b.html

Mr. Kampe’s words of endorsement

As you all may know Former Mayor of Pacific Grove Mr Bill Kampe’s invaluable work, leadership, accomplishments and commitment to the City of Pacific Grove and the central coast are unparalleled. It therefore brings me great pleasure to say that Mr. Kampe took time to pen some words of endorsement for me:

“I highly endorse Chaps Poduri for PG City Council.  Chaps brings thoughtful insight into the issues facing our city, relevant government finance experience, and an engaging manner that embraces and treasures the quality of life that we enjoy in Pacific Grove.’

Thank you, Mr. Kampe!

Thanks for visiting, here’s something about me:

I’m Chaps Poduri, candidate for Pacific Grove City Council. I became a U.S. citizen in 2019 after 19 years of living in the United States. I have been waiting patiently for a long time to go full steam with my rights as a citizen and I can not wait to get involved locally here in beautiful Pacific Grove! 

I moved to Pacific Grove with my family in 2016 because the town felt ideally suited for raising our children.  Our oldest two attend Forest Grove Elementary while our youngest is more than content these days to enjoy the luxuries of the couch while others are off with their busy lives. My Mom lives with us and she enjoys cooking (my sister is jealous but that’s a different story) and being with our family Needless to say our family hasn’t looked back with our decision to move here. 

I worked for ten years of my career  in the technology industry, , then made the move to financial services for the past ten years. Throughout the past twenty years I have been involved with public sector clients directly as a consultant – working at the Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento, CA as a Project Manager, with the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington D.C. as a Program Manager and with CA Employment Development Department in Sacramento, CA as a Program Manager for Unemployment and Disability Benefits. For the past five years I have been a Treasury Solutions consultant for States, Cities and Municipalities in the U.S. including California.

I’m a hard worker who enjoys any challenge. I am ready to take my civic involvement to the next level as your elected City Council member. I look forward to earning your vote and the opportunity to represent the people of this great town.