By Robert Haugh
There are three candidates vying for City Council in District 6 to succeed Councilwoman Debi Davis. She has decided to step down from office.
Two candidates recently moved into the district to run after it became known that Davis would not seek re-election.
Gautam ‘Gary’ Barve registered to vote at his District 6 address on May 7, just five months ago.
“The Santa Clara District 6 area I’m living in is incredible, and the people are very friendly,” Barve wrote in an email. “I was looking for a new place to reside in, and this seemed like a good fit for me.”
“I wanted to run for city council in our Santa Clara to get an opportunity to serve, and District 6 was up for re-election.”
Anthony Becker registered to vote at his District 6 address on February 6, just eighth months ago.
Becker did not respond to multiple requests by email. He insisted on a Zoom call to explain himself.
One week after registering to vote in District 6, Becker publicly announced that he was running for City Council.
Becker previously ran for Mayor and Council while residing in a different district.
Rob Mezzetti has the longest residency in District 6. He has lived on the same street and neighborhood in Santa Clara “for over 50 years.”
Mezzetti emailed that he has been “registered at my current address since 2017.”
Councilwoman Davis has endorsed Mezzetti to succeed her.
District 6 was created in 2018 when Judge Thomas Kuhnle forced the drawing of 6 districts in Santa Clara.
Kuhnle determined that there was racially polarized voting in Santa Clara.
But Kuhnle had to lower a statistic from 95 percent probability (the legal precedent) to 80 percent probability to show that there was racially polarized voting.
The City is currently appealing Kuhnle’s decision.