In Race for County Supervisor, Can Caserta Unite Santa Clara?
By Robert Haugh
The Mercury News did a story on the District 4 Supervisorial race. County Supervisor Ken Yeager will leave office because of term limits in 2018. It may be a crowded field. It’ll be almost like this Sunday’s WWE Royal Rumble where 30 competitors vie for one win.
Merc reporter Eric Kurhi reveals that Santa Clara councilman Dominic Caserta was the first to officially announce candidacy for the race. Former Campbell councilman and two-term Mayor Jason Baker is not far behind and San Jose councilman Don Rocha will soon enter. Also expected to enter are former San Jose Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio and San Jose Unified Trustee Susan Ellenberg. Community leader Patricia Gardner may run, too.
Though he has raised a quarter million dollars already and gained early support from his Santa Clara Council peers and many labor unions, it’ll be a tough race to compete in.
We asked a few experts what they thought and here’s what people are saying:
- Rocha might be the front runner, because he currently represents San Jose.
- Caserta and Baker need their cities united behind them if they have a chance of making the runoff.
- Caserta did win the Santa Clara vote in his failed 2008 Assembly race against Paul Fong, but likely will have trouble uniting Santa Clara in this race.
- Caserta and Baker are unlikely to win because their base cities of Santa Clara and Campbell are too small.
- Oliverio will have trouble raising money since he’s no longer in office and he lost his race for Open Space District last year.
- Ellenberg has a good chance of making the runoff as the only woman in the race.
- Ellenberg is the front runner for the San Jose Chamber and business community support.
- Ellenberg will have a lot of educational community support.
- Gardner is unlikely to run.
- Caserta will be hurt by his association with the 49ers and the notorious dark money group BluPac. (Editors note – Caserta claims he’s asked to be removed from their site).
We’ll watch this race closely as it unfolds, and pay particular attention to the Caserta campaign and its attempt to unite Santa Clara.