Will be the first openly LGBTQ member of the Cupertino City Council!
J.R. Fruen is a third generation resident of Cupertino–a rarity in a city known for exclusionary city planning practices. He is the first openly LGBTQ+ individual to ever vie for a seat on the Cupertino City Council. He is well-regarded in housing advocacy circles for having co-founded housing and transportation justice organization Cupertino for All, and for his tireless advocacy for inclusionary planning policies in city government. He is an attorney in private practice committed to better governance in a city deeply divided on partisan lines: not Democrat versus Republican, but pro-housing versus no-growth. His election would represent numerous milestones for Cupertino’s recent history. He enjoys the endorsement of a wide assortment of individuals and organizations from the South Bay Labor Council to eight former Cupertino mayors.