For South Bay residents, the March ballot offers an opportunity to elect new local leaders in San Jose and countywide, decide how they will be chosen going forward in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, and to vote on key measures from tax increases in San Jose to rent control limits in Mountain View.
Here are the most notable races and measures on the March 3 ballots of South Bay voters.
San Jose City Council races
Five San Jose city council seats are up for grabs this election cycle and those elected will be tasked with making some historic decisions — from reaching a development agreement with Google to designing a new Diridon Station and finding new ways to tackle the city’s housing and homeless crisis.
The current council is nearly evenly divided between members favored by the two traditional strongholds of influence in the city — the labor unions and the Silicon Valley Organization PAC, the political action arm of the area’s largest chamber of commerce — and this election cycle poses a potential for a power shift.
Labor-friendly District 2 Councilman Sergio Jimenez, who represents Santa Teresa, Edenvale and Coyote Valley, is running for re-election against former government engineer contractor Jonathan Fleming.
District 4 Councilmember Lan Diep is seeking a second term to represent Alviso, Berryessa and North San Jose. Diep, who is backed by the Silicon Valley Organization PAC, is hoping to fend off three contenders. Those candidates include Berryessa Union School District board member David Cohen, employment attorney and wage theft ordinance crusader Huy Tran and Harvard Law School graduate Jamal Khan. Both Tran and Cohen have been endorsed by the South Bay Labor Council.
District 6 Councilmember Dev Davis, who represents the areas of Willow Glen, Rose Garden, Santana Row and The Alameda, is running for re-election in the most crowded field with four candidates. The candidates hoping to unseat Davis include San Jose Housing Commissioner Ruben Navarro, biomedical engineer Jake Tonkel and student Marshall Woodmansee.
Incumbent District 8 Councilwoman Sylvia Arenas, who is endorsed by the South Bay Labor Council, is seeking a second term to represent parts of East San Jose and Evergreen. She faces Evergreen School District board member Jim Zito, who is endorsed by the Silicon Valley Organization PAC.
With Councilmember Johnny Khamis termed out of his district 10 seats, three candidates are vying for the opening. The candidates include tech entrepreneur Matt Mahan, Women’s March Bay Area president Jenny Higgins Bradanini and recently retired business owner Helen Wang.
Santa Clara County Supervisor races
Four candidates are competing to fill the seat left open by Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, who was termed out of office. The candidates include State Assemblyman Kansen Chu (D-San Jose), San Jose Councilwoman Magdalena Carrasco, former Sunnyvale Councilman Otto Lee and former San Jose Planning Commissioner John Leyba — the only Republican in the race. Each candidate has pointed to affordable housing and homelessness among their top concerns while Leyba, in a recent interview, was the only candidate to call for a crackdown …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Politics