By Robert Haugh
Election day is today. We’ve pulled out our crystal ball and have our predictions:
- Mayor Lisa Gillmor will win in a landslide over Anthony Becker. Dorothy Rosa gets some write-in votes thanks to her video that was the talk of the Mission City this past weekend. She might challenge Becker for second place.
- Hosam Haggag squeezes out a tight win in the six-person race for City Clerk. He seemed to be the hardest working candidate online and in the neighborhoods. We predict Bob O’Keefe will come in second.
- Karen Hardy wins District 3 over Sam Kumar. Kumar’s negative campaigning backfired. This could be a landslide, too.
- Nancy Biagini and Raj Chahal in District 2 will be the closest Santa Clara race. We predict Biagini to narrowly win. Mario Bouza places a distant third. He might have had an impact if he hadn’t spent 33 percent of his small budget on hiring the controversial James Rowen only to let him go after the hiring became public.
- San Jose School Board President Susan Ellenberg will win the the Mission City vote in the County Supervisor race and cruise to a win over San Jose Councilman Don Rocha, despite a huge expenditure by labor unions, including a recent piece that unfairly connected Ellenberg to the 49ers. That’s a devastating hit in Santa Clara. But it was too little, too late.
- Santa Clara Unified School District Measure BB will narrowly pass. Despite information about possible improper spending of bond funds from Santa Clara Plays Fair, the Yes on BB campaign raised a lot of money to overwhelm the opposition.
- Santa Clarans will pass Measure M – a cannabis tax and regulations for dispensaries. Voters will support revenue for the City, not necessarily the use of marijuana.
- The Mission City will deny Measure N – an advisory vote on creating Districts. There’s been little information about this and almost no campaign on either side.