The surprise hit was launched recently, with mailers attacking Herrera’s ethics, character and integrity. Problem is, the accusations all relate to two decade-old personal and business matters that have nothing to do with her record and performance as a public officeholder. Voters elected Herrera with knowledge of her failed and tangled business affairs, so that’s water under the bridge.
Other charges, such as Herrera’s role in cutting fire protection or raising water rates, were exaggerated. But with an estimated $50,000 being spent so far to smear her, voters may be thinking ‘where there’s smoke, there’s fire.’ Even if that’s the case, her opponents don’t offer a better alternative.
East Side school board member Patricia Martinez-Roach and attorney Jimmy Nguyen (whose website oddly makes prominent and repeated mention of his community service as a blood donor) seem unprepared to be stewards of the city’s future.
Despite support from the Cortese family and a popular sheriff who doesn’t live in the district, Martinez-Roach failed to draw the Democratic Central Committee’s endorsement because enough party members had serious reservations about her. She serves on the East Side Union High School District, where a lot of wacky people get elected. She’s run and lost for state Assembly twice and City Council in 2000. She ran for San Jose mayor against incumbent Ron Gonzales, coming in third place behind J. VanLandingham (we know, who?) and 3 points ahead of Jose Posadas. The lack of practicality she’s shown in her constant runs for office don’t seem to make her a sound choice for a position that requires good judgment, like this. The union-funded attacks on Herrera, however, could give Martinez-Roach her best shot yet at a city office.
Nguyen, meanwhile, couldn’t even get a working website up until last month and seems to be using this experience as a launchpad to a school board post.