Caserta Loses Another Endorsement
By Robert Haugh
Santa Clara Vice Mayor Dominic Caserta is running for County Supervisor. But right now, he’s losing, not gaining endorsements.
We’ve learned that former County Supervisor Don Gage has switched his endorsement from Caserta to another candidate: former San Jose City Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio. It’s like when Virgil turned on the villainous Million Dollar Man and won the million dollar championship.
Both Caserta and Oliverio are running to succeed Supervisor Ken Yeager who is termed out of office next year.
This blow comes on the heels of Caserta losing the support of popular Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor. Mercury News reporter Ramona Giwargis broke that story in May. She wrote that Caserta was not happy that Gillmor “un-endorsed” him by texting him.
Gage is a significant name not just because he was on the Board of Supervisors, but because he is Chair of the Oversight Board for Successor Agency to the City of Santa Clara Redevelopment Agency.
Caserta would not return messages asking for comment. We’re dying to know if Gage texted his “un-endorsement.”
Now’s a good time to update the candidate rankings from last month.
Ranking the Race for Santa Clara County Supervisor, 2018
- Don Rocha — San Jose City Councilman — he maintains the top ranking. Rocha voted against his city entering into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Google for property in downtown San Jose. That should make labor happy and solidify their endorsement.
- Jason Baker — former Campbell City Councilman — he keeps a hold on second. We were really impressed with the strong connections Baker has to Santa Clara which he listed in a piece he wrote for this website. He may have a shot at winning the Mission City.
- Oliverio — He keeps making the right moves, like opposing the 49ers’ effort to lift the stadium curfew on weeknights, a contrast to Caserta’s position. And he’s picking up good endorsements, like Gage. Oliverio is nipping at the heels of Rocha and Baker.
- Susan Ellenberg — San Jose Unified Trustee — She moves up a slot from last month, switching places with Caserta. To be honest, we haven’t heard much about what Ellenberg is doing. But at least she’s not losing endorsements.
- Caserta — See above.