Local doctor Dinesh Govindarao is working to lead San Ramon into a healthier, more community conscience future, and is seeking residents' support as he seeks to win the mayor's seat during the Nov. 3 election.
Officially the last candidate to register for the race to replace outgoing Mayor Bill Clarkson, Govindarao -- or Dr. Dinesh as he is more commonly known -- said he is seeking to help lead the community through the ongoing coronavirus crisis, foster economic development, promote fiscal responsibility, support economic growth and foster feelings of unity among San Ramon residents.
"I wholeheartedly care about our community, our people, our schools and parks. My family and I feel fortunate to live in a city where we can enjoy the majestic views of the hillsides and open space during our walks or runs on the trails throughout San Ramon," he said in a statement announcing his campaign.
"I went into the field of medicine to make a difference in people’s lives. My run for mayor is solely based on my passion for giving back to the city of San Ramon and all its citizens as well as the demand I see for strong leadership," he added.
Listing out his key priorities for San Ramon, Govindarao said that as mayor of San Ramon he will seek to preserve his city's pristine open spaces, control growth to responsible levels, reduce traffic congestion and ensure economic growth through fiscal responsibility and investing in the community.
Seeking to foster increased feelings of pride and unity among residents, Govindarao also stated that he will seek to "bridge a greater sense of community between the old and new areas of San Ramon."
"Many of you may feel San Ramon is two different cities divided by Alcosta Boulevard. I have a deep understanding of the old and the new communities of San Ramon from being raised here 41 years ago and coming back to raise our four kids in San Ramon," he stated. "I would like to explore avenues to bridge our communities to have a sense of feeling that we all live in 'One San Ramon.'"
A medical professional for more than 23 years, Govindarao added that he was particularly motivated to run for mayor in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, saying that a leader with a background in the medical field is what is most needed to see San Ramon through the crisis.
"This election cycle is unprecedented because we are facing one of the biggest challenges of a lifetime with the COVID-19 crisis. It is demanding a pioneer in proactive medical governance and leadership, which has been a major driver in my decision to run," he said.
The overall health and wellness of San Ramon residents is also a key concern of Govindarao, who told DanvilleSanRamon.com, "I know we are one of the safest communities, but why can't we also be recognized as one of the healthiest too?"
Over the past 19 years Govindarao has served in a number of leadership roles in the medical field and said he has run a medical department that took care of approximately 10,000 employees and, at one point, was assigned to a position where he oversaw 250 onsite clinics across the country. Currently he said he works as the Chief Medical Officer at a large state agency.
These experiences have helped give him a significant amount of experience in budgeting, operations and people management, all vital skills needed to run a city.
A parent of two children who have graduated from and two who are currently enrolled in San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools, Govindarao has served on the Live Oak Parent Teacher Association as the financial secretary and coached youth softball, baseball, basketball and soccer in the area for 12 years.
He has also served as reflection chair at Live Oak and has been an active parent volunteer with Bay Area Children’s Theater – Advanced Performers.
Interested voters can learn more about Govindarao and his campaign online at www.drdineshforsanramon.com.