Although the election of the mayor of San Jose is eight months away, it is already preparing to become a competitive primary and well-known and established contenders are entering the race, drawing a line between business and labor interests. Is trying to blur the long-running divisions of South Gulf politics.
This became apparent when front-runner Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, a longtime labor leader, Announced his candidacy. This week stands with Carl Guardino, a registered business lobbyist and former head of the influential Silicon Valley Leadership Group – a largely unexpected pair.
“I applaud him for wanting to make it easier for some people to have good boys and bad people,” Chavez said in an interview after launching his campaign on Thursday night. “But the problems are so complex that we all have to be able to work together or we will not be able to solve the problems that are under a lot of pressure.”
As of this week, Chavez, whose election slogan is “City of Equality,” is among the six candidates campaigning for Mayor Jose Lecardo’s victory in the June 2022 primary in San Jose, following next year’s election. You will reach the end of your term. .
The broad field includes four well-established candidates, San Jose Council members. Dev Davis, Matt Great. And Rawls Paralysis., as well as Chavez, And two political newcomers, Jonathan Rice Esteban. And Tyrone Wade..
Wade ran against Lycardo for mayor of San Jose in 2018, and Esteban ran for the Nevada congressional seat in 2020 before moving to San Jose. Both candidates suffered heavy losses in their respective fields.
A recent survey by the San Jose Police Officers Association. Pointed it out Chavez was the front-runner in the race, although three out of five voters – 59 per cent of those polled – could not yet decide.
The current San Jose Council is divided 6-5 in favor of council members who have the support of the city’s trade unions whose campaigns are supported by the now defunct Silicon Valley Organization PAC, which covers the area. The largest is the former Political Action Arm of the Chamber of Commerce. . The Labor-backed candidate has not run for mayor since 2006, when Ron Gonzalez vacated the post. This year, business favorite Chuck Reid knocked Labor-backed Chavez off the wall.
Although the council convenes for a unanimous vote on majority issues, this division has been evident in many controversial votes in recent years, from the extension of the mayor’s powers to the waiver of developer fees.
Despite efforts to blur the line between labor and business, Davis and Mahan may still be fighting for the support of the city’s business factions, which have historically supported them. In the meantime, Paralize and Chavez are likely to face each other for ratification of labor organizations, such as the South Bay Labor Council, which has supported both of their past campaigns.
Even so, Paralysis, like Chavez, does not want to be a “pigeon” as a labor candidate.
Although a staunch supporter of the unions, he says he has also spent the past eight years as a member of the city’s downtown council, working with the city’s business association and chamber of commerce to ensure that the city Encourage the growing growth of and provide a lifeline to businesses. 19 epidemics.
“Each of us (candidates) is trying to show how we represent the whole community, and I think that’s what I’ve been successful at and in my community I will be able to continue the demonstration. ” A lifelong San Jose resident identity set him apart for the rest of the field.
Still, he hopes to win approval from the South Bay Labor Council.
“I admit it will be a difficult battle,” he said.
Council member Dev Davis, who is partly focused on protecting single-family zoning on a platform, said he was “focused on his own campaign” to win the approval of some factions or defeat certain candidates.
“I’m running to advance my ideas and hopefully it will get as much attention as possible with as many people as possible,” he said.
For council member Matt Mahan, founder of a former tech company that joined the council in January, he sees significant differences between candidates, not “business versus labor” but “stagnation versus change.” Is.
“I see myself in my own lane,” he said, noting the focus of his campaign. Increased government transparency and accountability Keeping track of important goals such as reducing homelessness and cleaning up parks. “I just think that if we want different results, we need to be prepared to shake up the way the government does business.”
It came as a surprise to many that Guardino, a longtime business leader and friend of Mahan, would support Chavez instead of Mahan, who was a board member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group when the Guardian organization There were leaders. The Guardian’s political fundraising committee, Innovation for All, also supported Mahan in its bid for the council last year, raising more than $ 67,000.
The Guardian said on Friday that it was trying to “endorse” someone who believed that the best “qualities and skills” were greater than any ideological alignment.
“My support for Cindy is by no means a reflection of other good people running. I’m really sure she will do her best as mayor of San Jose.
Terry Christensen, a professor of political science at San Jose State University, said Guardino’s endorsement of Chavez does not mean that other prominent business leaders will follow him, but that he is a great source of funding from Mahan and Davis. Can come out .
“It’s a big deal when fundraising starts,” Christensen said. “That’s a lot of money you have to save.”
Candidates can formally begin fundraising for their campaigns on December 9, but this year’s San Jose election season is also set to unravel by joining the Silicon Valley Organization’s Political Action Committee.
Although the South Bay Labor Council typically puts money on a candidate associated with its favorite worker, the SVO has historically raised millions of dollars for its chosen business affiliate candidates. However, the SVO dissolved its fundraising arm after being targeted by a racist attack last year and has chosen not to support candidates in the next election. For now, it is unclear which group could form to increase fundraising for business candidates and prospects in the 2022 election.