San Jose: Primary opponents endorse in county, state races
Assemblymember Kansen Chu was the leading vote-getter in early returns Tuesday for the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors District 3 race. Photo by Loan-Anh Pham.

After running a campaign against Kansen Chu, San Jose Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco has endorsed the assemblyman in his quest to win a seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Carrasco and Chu faced off in a four-way race in the March primary to replace Supervisor Dave Cortese, who is terming out of office this year.

“Kansen Chu has long been our advocate in the California State Assembly, working to keep us safe, provide our children with a good education, and protect public health, and the environment,” Carrasco said in a statement. “As Santa Clara County navigates these challenging times with the COVID-19 pandemic, we need a representative who will be focused on lifting up the most vulnerable among us.”

Chu finished first in the primary election, securing 31 percent of the vote followed by attorney Otto Lee who nabbed nearly 29 percent. Carrasco finished third with 26 percent. Chu has also won endorsements from Congressman Ro Khanna, Sen. Scott Wiener and Assembylman Ash Kalra, among others. Lee, meanwhile, is endorsed by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, former Congressman Mike Honda and Assemblyman Evan Low, among others.

Chu isn’t the only Silicon Valley candidate who was recently endorsed by his primary opponents.

California Senate candidate Ann Ravel, who is running for Sen. Jim Beall’s seat when he terms out this year, won the backing of San Jose Councilmember Johnny Khamis — one of her most formidable opponents in the primary election. Ravel and Khamis ran against five others for the open state Senate District 15 seat. Ravel will face off with Cortese, the top votegetter, in November.

“In this time of crisis we need leaders with a proven track record of putting the interests of the public before any special interests,” Khamis said. “As a consumer champion and fiscal watchdog she has fought tirelessly for our communities. Ann has proven she leads with integrity and can work with everyone to get things done, qualities sorely lacking in Sacramento and that’s why she is my choice for State Senator.”

Ravel also won support from Councilmembers Lan Diep, Dev Davis and Pam Foley.

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