Metro Silicon Valley’s issue this week looks at possible candidates to succeed Mayor Chuck Reed when he terms out in less than two years. One possible candidate for San Jose mayor in 2014 is San Jose Councilmember Ash Kalra.—Editor
Early last year, it would have been easy to add Ash Kalra to the list of potential mayoral candidates in 2014. A former public defender with deep labor ties, Kalra was on the right track until he was arrested for DUI in May. Politicians have bounced back from bigger mistakes, but it appears Kalra is more interested in seeking a seat in the state legislature than sticking around San Jose. If Dave Cortese decides to not run for mayor in two years, though, forget everything we said and look for Kalra—a fierce critic of Mayor Reed’s pension reform plan—to be at the top of labor’s ticket.