Elections

Elections

San Jose leaders say no to statewide gambling measures

Two statewide propositions to legalize and expand sports betting are coming to voters in November—and San Jose officials oppose both of them. The city council unanimously voted earlier this week to oppose Props. 26 and 27, viewing them as having a negative impact on San Jose casinos and reducing revenue gambling generates for the city. Prop. 26...

East San Jose council candidates speak on homelessness, police

Candidates vying to represent San Jose’s East and Central districts gathered downtown to sound off on their priorities at a recent forum. The Friday morning forum, hosted by the San Jose Downtown Association, featured District 5 city council candidates Nora Campos, a former state assemblymember, and Santa Clara County Board of Education President Peter Ortiz, as...

San Jose mayor’s race: Attack ad goes after NRA support

With three months left to Election Day, the San Jose mayor’s race is taking an ugly turn. The top two candidates, Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez and San Jose Councilmember Matt Mahan, have taken jabs at each other all year. Chavez questioned the political newcomer’s stance on abortion and women’s rights. Mahan challenged the...

Milpitas mayor’s race takes shape

Milpitas Mayor Rich Tran has handpicked his replacement, but now a new challenger—and an outspoken adversary—are shaking up the contentious mayor’s race. Councilmember Anthony Phan jumped into the mayor’s race Friday, joining fellow Councilmembers Carmen Montano and Karina Dominguez. Tran is terming out after three, two-year terms as mayor, but he is running for a...

East vs. West: San Jose mayoral candidate breaks barriers

Eight years ago, progressive San Jose mayoral candidate Dave Cortese lost his bid to the business-backed Sam Liccardo, despite an overwhelming win in the primary election with support from East San Jose. Liccardo pulled ahead of Cortese, now a state senator, in November 2014 to become the city’s 65th mayor. His narrow win was secured by...

Santa Clara official accused of living out of state

Questions are swirling about whether a Santa Clara elected official, who holds a critical role handling everything from city records to council meeting details, lives in the city he serves. Emails to councilmembers this week claim the city clerk, Hosam Haggag, now lives in Washington, and asked if elected officials are no longer required to live in...

‘It’s not me’: San Jose candidate denies allegations of criminal history

There are thousands of people in the country with the last name Cantrell. Now one San Jose planning commissioner, running for a water district seat with that surname, is caught in a mudslinging campaign to defend against criminal allegations. Charles “Chuck” Cantrell is fighting against an anonymous email sent to his colleagues on the Planning...

Santa Clara official looks to oust Mayor Lisa Gillmor

A Santa Clara councilmember is looking to shake up the status quo by running for mayor. Anthony Becker, who represents District 6, plans to face off against six-year incumbent Mayor Lisa Gillmor in November if she seeks reelection. Becker, who says Gillmor has been in power for far too long, announced his candidacy in front of City Hall...

San Jose mayor candidate attacks opponent over abortion

One month after the June primary election, the San Jose mayoral race is already heating up, with candidates taking jabs at each other. This week, Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez sent a campaign email to supporters with a video accusing her opponent, San Jose Councilmember Matt Mahan, of being inconsistent in his support for women’s rights....

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