South Bay Election Update

Jim Baker, SCCEAA; Stan Young, Local 21; and Jim Crowley of PMA phone banking in San Jose. 

The stage for November has been set, and unofficial election results from June 3 show voters are concerned about San Jose's public safety and ability to employ top-level workers.  Thank you to all Local 21 Members across the Bay Area who got out to talk to voters and supported our outreach efforts. 

With thousands of late ballots yet to be counted, here are some highlights:

  • The City's pension measure that stripped employees of retirement security, Measure B, continues to decimate worker ranks and services.  Nearly every candidate who supports altering Measure B succeeded on June 3;
  • Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese* (34%) racked up an 9-point lead against Councilman Sam Liccardo (25%) in a race that pitted four Councilmembers allied with outgoing Mayor Chuck Reed against our candidate, Dave Cortese.  

San Jose City Council results were mixed:

  • District 1:  Labor friendly Assemblyman Paul Fong* is leading with 29% of the vote and to face Charles ‘Chappie’ Jones in the fall. 
  • District 3:  SJ Police Officer Raul Peralez racked up 27% against Chamber of Commerce candidate Don Gagliardi, who received 24%. 
  • District 5:  Magdalena Carrasco crushed incumbent labor ally Xavier Campos by 20 points to win outright.  
  • District 7:  In a wide-open race for Madison Nguyen's seat, Tam Nguyen (no relation) had a strong showing with 33.2% of the vote.  The No. 2 spot is a close race with Maya Esparza leading Chamber of Commerce candidate Van Le by 118 votes. 
  • District 9:  Incumbent Don Rocha*, a labor ally, won 74%.


Also in San Jose, 81% of voters backed a library parcel tax.
* Endorsed by Local 21