Elections

Elections

Follow the money: Silicon Valley’s 2024 general election

Candidates have raised millions of dollars across many contentious races to represent Silicon Valley, on national, state and local stages. The most anticipated race is in Congress, for who will represent Congressional District 16 following Rep. Anna Eshoo’s retirement. After a crowded March primary election, former San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo came out on top,...

Silicon Valley politicians give back donations following FBI raids

Recent FBI raids into Bay Area properties owned and run by members of the politically-connected Duong family bring to light the yearslong allegations of illegal political donations into Silicon Valley. Among those alleged to have received illegal donations are Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao, whose residence was searched by federal agents last week in connection with...

Ex-San Jose mayor drops support for county candidate

A landlord interest group may be drawing battle lines across Santa Clara County’s hottest elections. Congressional candidate and former San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has quietly dropped his endorsement of Margaret Abe-Koga, who’s running for the District 5 seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Liccardo’s campaign hasn’t said why, but some Democratic...

Santa Clara County explores ranked choice voting

Santa Clara County leaders this year may move forward with overhauling how they’re elected with a system called ranked choice voting. The Board of Supervisors could discuss adopting the system in August. The change would rid the county supervisors, district attorney, sheriff and assessor of the need for primary elections that see low voter turnout,...

‘Travesty of justice’: Silicon Valley GOP defends Trump after conviction

Silicon Valley’s top GOP leader says the region’s Republicans are standing by Donald Trump after he became the first U.S. president convicted of a crime — calling the felony convictions a “travesty of justice.” “The lawfare being waged against the former president and those who advised him or served in his administration by partisan Democrats...

Tale of two mayors: Michael Bloomberg boosts San Jose candidate

When New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg mounted a short-lived run for president in 2020, then-San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo became his campaign co-chair and first major California endorsement. The relationship between the two former mayors has spanned nearly a decade — from Liccardo’s early city hall days to Bloomberg now funding his path to Congress....

Recall efforts to remove Bay Area senator fall flat

A recall campaign against Bay Area state Sen. Aisha Wahab died yesterday due to a petition flaw leading to thousands of invalid signatures, proponents said. The campaign needed at least 42,802 signatures by May 23 to be placed on the ballot, according to documents from the California Secretary of State — which campaign proponents said...