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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.