SAN JOSE — After months of speculation about whether Mayor Sam Liccardo would draw an A-list challenger to his reelection campaign, the deadline to run for the city’s top spot closed with only token opponents, setting the stage for an easy victory for him come June.

“No big surprises today,” said Ben Field, head of the South Bay Labor Council.

Rumors that Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez would throw her name into the mix didn’t pan out, with Chavez issuing a statement Friday saying, “Although I believe our mayor can and should do more, I believe that we can accomplish more by working together.”

Steve Brown, who ran for a Council seat in 2016 but faced allegations of homophobia, had completed nomination papers but they were still being reviewed by the registrar, as were papers filed by a would-be contender named Tyrone Wade.

Signatures weren’t expected to be verified until late Friday or Monday, but as of early afternoon, the only person who had qualified to challenge Liccardo is Quangminh Pham, a largely unknown contender.

“He doesn’t have a serious candidate opposing him now,” Field said.

In Districts 1 and 3, current council members Chappie Jones and Raul Peralez are running unopposed.

In District 5, Danny Garza and Jennifer Imhoff have qualified to try to unseat Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco. Garza, head of the Plata Arroyo Neighborhood Association, has been a vocal critic of Carrasco and has some name recognition in the district, but he is unlikely to oust the current vice mayor. Former Assemblywoman Nora Campos had contemplated a run against Carrasco, and could have posed a serious threat, but that didn’t materialize. (The two families have a history — Carrasco defeated Campos’ brother, Xavier, for the seat in 2014.)

Tam Nguyen, the current councilman serving District 7, faces the …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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