By Robert Haugh
In a come from behind victory that would make Hulk Hogan proud, Hosam Haggag will be our newest City Clerk.
On election night, Haggag started behind Bob O’Keefe by 449 votes or 4.73 percent. After all the absentee ballots and later votes were counted, Haggag won by 421 votes or 1.29 percent. That’s close. But it’s outside the margin (.25 percent) that requires an automatic recount.
Haggag is the first Muslim-American elected in Santa Clara history! Congratulations to him and his family.
And congratulations to Santa Clara for electing a “minority” candidate to a city-wide seat. Haggag was a top-quality candidate that didn’t need a district election to win. He had great credentials and worked hard on his campaign. In addition to brochures, he walked precincts and did a lot on social media. He did a good job with fundraising and had excellent endorsements like Mayor Lisa Gillmor and the Santa Clara Police Officers Association and Santa Clara Firefighters Local 1171.
Here’s what Haggag wrote on Facebook a couple days ago:
I am so so SO humbled by all of this – it’s just so surreal. Never did I imagine even 5 years ago that I’d be politically active let alone win an election. Out of a field of 6 highly qualified candidates, over 1/4 or 25.02% of Santa Clarans entrusted me with their most precious endorsement possible – their vote.
I am thankful to God for everything that I’ve been blessed with.
I am thankful to my family, especially my amazing wife Fatima Dawood, for all their support.
I am thankful to all my friends and supporters who helped encourage me and push us to victory.
The work has just begun… I don’t take this as a right, but I take it as a heavy burden and responsibility to represent each and every one of YOU – whether you voted for me or not, I am YOUR City Clerk and it is my obligation and duty to represent and serve YOU.
But I cannot do this alone. I will need all of your guidance, advice, ideas and certainly request each of you to keep me in check. It’s time we all roll up our sleeves and work TOGETHER to make our City a better place for ALL.
God bless you all. Here we go – let’s do this.