Barry Chang: 'Lehigh Cannot Go Unchecked'

Running for County Supervisor, Chang says he heard rumors he had dropped out, but is in it for the long haul to at least get the message out about Lehigh Southwest Cement.

If it seemed was missing from precinct walks or public appearances in relation to his campaign for Santa Clara County Supervisor, he’s been preoccupied with other things, but swears he’s still in the race to win it.

“I’m serious about running. I’m not here for fun,” he said.

, a current Cupertino City Councilmember, says a rumor was buzzing that he had dropped out of the race. Not so, he says. He’s had some business and personal issues that needed attention, but his commitment to the race is just as strong as ever.

In mid-May someone hacked into his business email and deleted all his email messages and contacts.  The day after he discovered that a call came from Taiwan that his wife’s 86-year-old father fell and hit his head and is bleeding internally.

Proof of how serious he is, is the amount of money he and his wife have personally sunk into paying for mailers and other campaign related expenses. From their IRA accounts, his wife loaned his campaign $80,000 and Chang loaned $20,000. That’s nothing in comparison to the war chest his opponent state Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) is sitting on.

His smaller bank account is partly why he says he is running a “different” race. He can’t afford lawn signs but plunked down a load of cash on five mailers.

At the forefront of his campaign is the county’s deficit and the topic he is most well-known for in the community—Lehigh.

As a co-founder of Bay Area for Clean Environment (BACE) he has been fighting to get Lehigh Southwest Cement in compliance with environmental laws he and others say the company has ignored or broken. It’s a subject he says Simitian has all but ignored, too.

Chang says that Simitian had an opportunity to hold Lehigh accountable when he was a county supervisor and all this time that he’s been in a state senator.

If he loses, Chang says he’ll feel OK about spending all that money as long as he got his message out about Lehigh.

“Even if I don’t get elected, I’ve done my job,” Chang said. “This issue has to be dealt with. Lehigh cannot go unchecked.”

Ignatius Y. Ding June 05, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Vote for Barry Chang: A Man Who Fights for Fairness http://cupertino.patch.com/articles/barry-chang-a-man-who-fights-for-fairness
Frank Geefay June 05, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Barry is one of those rare political figures who is running because he sincerely wants to make things better for the common person. He is clearly not running because of any political aspirations. Though he is not a rich person by any stretch of the imagination he has put his money where his mouth is. What other politician would put a sizable portion of his personal savings and retirement money into a campaign? Unlike Meg Whitman he doesn't have millions of spare money to through into a campaign. He is in it to win and he has staked his savings on it. Vote for Barry Chang for Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors! He will truly represent you. http://changforsupervisor.com
Barry Chang June 05, 2012 at 11:19 PM
That is right. Lehigh Southwest Cement Plant has to obey the law and reduce the pollution. Besides, Santa Clara County can not continue to run in deficit like the past consecutive 10 years. I am running to WIN. Thank you all. Barry Chang Candidate for Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor


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