Mayor Sam Liccardo could find himself fending off a former council candidate for re-election next year.

Steve Brown, who unsuccessfully ran for City Council in District 2, says some fellow business owners are urging him to take on Liccardo.

“I haven’t completely ruled it out,” Brown told IA. “A lot of business leaders have been hurt by Sam’s recent change in his position toward supporting local business.”

Liccardo declined to comment on Brown’s criticism or his potential run for mayor.

Liccardo enjoyed substantial business support in his 2014 race for mayor against Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, who was backed by organized labor. Among Liccardo’s top supporters is Carl Guardino, chief executive of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group representing hundreds of the region’s biggest companies.

Brown, a nonprofit founder and owner of a security company, lost in November to Councilman Sergio Jimenez, who beat him by 10 percentage points. Since then, Brown has been spotted at city budget meetings and has been posting about Liccardo’s performance on Facebook.

Brown said Republicans, business leaders and landlords are upset with the mayor’s position on rent control and his support of hikes in business and sales taxes. Brown says he’d give the mayor, a registered Democrat in the nonpartisan office, a C+ or a B- grade on his performance.

Matt Mahood, head of the silicon valley organization, formerly the area’s chamber of commerce, said while the business community doesn’t agree with the mayor on every issue, the group endorsed Liccardo in 2014 and that he’s been “a strong advocate for our members on the vast majority of issues” since then.

Brown encountered his share of controversy during his council bid last year. Gay activists claimed he didn’t support marriage equality because of an answer to a questionnaire and his security firm was accused of wage theft. Political …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics

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