Elections

Elections

Senate candidates Cortese, Ravel vie for support in San Jose debate

State Senate candidates Ann Ravel and Dave Cortese went toe-to-toe in a debate that covered issues ranging from the economy to police reform. The candidates both supported balancing the state budget and oversight of Santa Clara County Public Health. They differ on their support of ballot measure propositions. Ravel took shots at Cortese throughout the...

Assembly candidate Bob Brunton says he will walk the walk

Bob Brunton’s campaign message is printed on his transparent face shield —  a symbol of his willingness to speak with people face-to-face, including and especially those who belong to the opposing Democratic party. “Most of these issues aren’t really Republican-Democrat,” said Brunton, a Republican who is running to represent District 25 in the California Assembly....

Santa Clara candidate kicked off Nextdoor after ‘politically motivated’ posts against her

Santa Clara City Council candidate Harbir Kaur Bhatia about a week ago discovered posts on Nextdoor that propagated false information about her. “The people that are pushing this message are people in collusion with each other to ensure my credibility is destroyed,” Bhatia told San José Spotlight. While Bhatia, a candidate challenging Santa Clara Councilmember...

Battle for Obama: Senate candidate demands opponent pull ads implying endorsement

District 15 state Senate candidates Ann Ravel and Dave Cortese each boasts a long list of high-profile endorsements. None may be bigger than the backing Ravel received from former President Barack Obama. And she wants Cortese to stop misleading voters by implying that the 44th commander-in-chief endorses his candidacy after Cortese produced a campaign mailer...

Kansen Chu looks to solve housing crisis on the local level

Kansen Chu’s campaign to replace Dave Cortese on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is a homecoming of sorts. The veteran lawmaker has spent the past six years commuting to Sacramento where he represents parts of Silicon Valley and the East Bay in the California Assembly. Chu got his start in local politics as...

What you need to know about Measure G and its expansion of San Jose police watchdog’s authority

How certain investigations of police misconduct cases are reviewed in San Jose could change if voters approve a measure in November that expands the authority of the Independent Police Auditor, a civilian police watchdog. In addition, the City Council could change the auditor’s duties without requiring a public vote. Measure G also would change the...