Madison Nguyen officially announced her plans to run for the 27th Assembly District, which would pit her against former San Jose City Council colleague Ash Kalra.
The former vice mayor termed out in 2014 after eight years at City Hall, where she positioned herself as an ally to ex-Mayor Chuck Reed and a proponent of Measure B. When it came to pension reform, Nguyen was often at odds with Kalra, who remains on the council and is expected to draw support from public sector unions.
“California is moving in the right direction,” Nguyen said in a message to supporters this week, “but we must move even faster to strengthen our education system for all students, boost middle class jobs for working families to reduce income inequality and reaffirm our commitment to address the housing crisis in San Jose.”
Nguyen’s list of endorsements already includes: Reed, Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone and former State Controller Steve Westly.
Kalra filed his first campaign form in December and publicly announced his bid for AD27 back in January. He has an early fundraising lead. Activist Cong Do began organizing a campaign for the same seat before the New Year.
The majority Latino and Asian 27th District spans the eastern half of San Jose. The seat is currently held by Nora Campos (D-San Jose), and she’s doing a bang-up job.