By Robert Haugh
Four City Council candidates recently received the endorsement of the Santa Clara Police Officers Association and the Santa Clara Firefighters, Local 1171.
According to numerous sources, the two organizations interviewed all the City Council candidates over the last 10 days.
The public safety organizations will support the following candidates on the November ballot:
- District 1: Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe
- District 4: Councilwoman Teresa O’Neill
- District 5: (open seat) Bob O’Keefe
- District 6: (open seat) Rob Mezzetti
The Santa Clara police officers and firefighters are among the most popular organizations in the Mission City. They should be a big boost to their endorsed candidates.
Last month, the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council representing over 100 unions in Santa Clara and San Benito counties also endorsed Watanabe, O’Neill, O’Keefe and Mezzetti.
We’ll be writing more about the council races in the coming weeks. It’s clear that Watanabe, O’Neill, O’Keefe and Mezzetti have emerged as frontrunners.