By Robert Haugh
Today, mayoral candidate Anthony Becker has his first major fundraiser. It’s at the Elks Lodge. His top supporters are Councilwoman Patty Mahan, former Councilman John McLemore and Kevin Park. It should be interesting.
The event is being catered by Mariani’s Restaurant. Now, that’s interesting. Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce director Lou Mariani has told people he’s dropped out of the PAC because it made a bunch of political errors in the past, like opposing incumbents who won big. Serving food at a Becker event must be an exception.
Becker’s campaign theme is interesting: “Time for a Change.” We think Santa Clarans are pretty happy with the direction of the Mission City. We hear that from community leaders and our neighbors. We’ve seen evidence of it in not just one but two polls.
We also found something else interesting about Becker as a candidate. He lists himself on the ballot as a “Videographer/Film Editor.” According to his Form 700, Becker works for CreaTV in San Jose. That’s the form that all candidates and officeholders have to fill out with the Fair Political Practices Commission.
According to his Form 700, Becker also works at Target in San Jose. He does “signage.” That’s interesting. According to his form, Becker makes the same level of income from both CreaTV and Target — over $10,000 in calendar year 2017. The form doesn’t ask for a specific amount. Those are his only two sources of income from last year.
We don’t see the mayoral race as a close one. Mayor Lisa Gillmor is too strong a candidate. But so far, the Becker campaign is proving to be interesting.