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Rosemary Stasek is currently in her second term on the Mountain View City Council and a candidate for the California State Assembly. She was elected to her first term in 1996 and served as the Cityís Mayor for the year 2000.  She chairs the Councilís Finance Committee, the Community Center ad hoc committee and the Investment Review Committee. She serves on the Council Technology Committee, the Neighborhoods Committee and represents the city on the CalTrain Policy Advisory Board and the Santa Clara County Emergency Preparedness Council. She is a member of Women in Municipal Government for the National League of Cities, the Advisory Board of the Silicon Valley Environmental Index and the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Groupís Housing Leadership Council.

Stasek was born and raised in Northeast Pennsylvania and graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. She was a Deanís List student and manager of the football and wrestling teams.

Stasek has worked for the past decade in the computer industry.  She is currently a web developer working for prominent high tech firms in Silicon Valley.  She spent six years as an instructor at DeAnza Community College teaching Introduction to Microcomputer Networks.

In addition to serving on the Mountain View City Council, Stasek has a broad history of political involvement, especially womenís issues activism.  In 1989 she co-founded California Catholics for Free Choice and serves as state director. She has served on the Board of Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte and the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women.  Her honors include being named a Distinguished Woman of the 14th Congressional District, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights Freedom of Religion Award and the Alameda National Womenís Political Caucus Pro-Choice Champion Award.  She was a nominee for the Silicon Valley Women of Achievement Award.  She is a member of the California State Democratic Central Committee.

In 1999 she was selected by the Secretary of Defense to participate in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, which took her to military installations across the country and aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean.  She broadened her knowledge of military affairs, especially issues involving women in serving in the Armed Forces. She now serves as a member of the US Air Force Space Commanders Group.

Stasekís interest in international issues has taken her to Nepal, Ecuador, France, Britain, Holland, Germany, The Czech and Slovak Republics, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, and Venezuela. She has traveled to Cuba as a member of a special women's delegation. She had been trying to learn Spanish for 5 years.