By Robert Haugh
It’s been a while since we’ve written about the race to succeed County Supervisor Ken Yeager. He can’t run again because of term limits.
The race just doesn’t seem as interesting since disgraced former Councilman Dominic Caserta dropped in mid-May. Caserta also resigned from the Council after numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations by his students.
But the voters have two good candidates to consider in the runoff: San Jose School Board President Susan Ellenberg and San Jose Councilman Don Rocha.
Since the primary, Ellenberg landed San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Palo Alto Mayor and former County Supervisor Liz Kniss. She also was endorsed by former Congressman Norm Mineta.
Rocha pulled in two Santa Clarans: Police Chief Mike Sellers and Councilwoman Teresa O’Neill. He also landed County Supervisor Cindy Chavez.
Santa Clara Activities
Ellenberg had a booth at the Art & Wine Festival both days. She will be attending the Mission City Community Fund Dinner on November 3. Santa Clara resident Sabra Diridon hosted a coffee for her. Ellenberg attended Santa Clara Unified School District board member Jodi Muirhead’s campaign event.
Ellenberg tells us: “I’ve walked dozens of precincts in Santa Clara and have enjoyed dotting the neighborhoods with bright pink and blue lawn signs.” She said that her campaign team has a regular Monday lunch at Crepes Bistro on Washington Street. (Note to campaign staff: try the sweet works crepes)
Rocha didn’t have any specific Santa Clara activities to report. But he did admit that “a significant amount of mail sent on my behalf so far.” These are coming from labor PACS who support Rocha. (Note to PACS: you’ve sent enough mail. How about sending us coupons for Crepes Bistro’s sweet works crepes?).
Ellenberg says she will continue to focus “on policies that champion all families and children.” But she’s also studying Santa Clara’s Casa Del Maestro teacher housing program. Ellenberg calls it “the innovative model Santa Clara Unified put into place more than ten years ago, well ahead of the rest of the County.”
Rocha will continue to focus on housing affordability and homelessness; traffic/congestion and growth/development; and public safety. Rocha said, “I also feel I am at an advantage given my record of work on these matters versus my opponent whose elected experience as a school board member offers little to nothing on those issues facing our community and county most.”
For more information, here are the candidates’ websites: