Sam Liccardo picked up the last major endorsement in the San Jose mayor’s race, getting the rubber stamp from City Council colleague and primary challenger Madison Nguyen.
San Jose Inside reported in July that both Liccardo and county Supervisor Dave Cortese were putting on the full-court press to get the blessing of San Jose vice mayor. Nguyen finished third in the primary with 20.26 percent of the vote, while Liccardo finished in second with 25.75 percent and Cortese took first at 33.72 percent.
Her backing may help Liccardo land a coveted bloc of Asian voters, a segment of the population that will have a major role in picking the city’s next mayor.
“The City of San Jose has gone through a very painful period,” Nguyen said in a statement sent out by Liccardo’s campaign. “We are now starting to recover from the financial problems we have faced. I believe Sam is the best person to avoid falling into the traps of the past and will move San Jose forward the best way possible.”
Liccardo said he was “grateful” for Nguyen’s support and praised her leadership on pension reform.
Below is the full statement sent out by Liccardo’s campaign:
Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen this week announced that she is endorsing Sam Liccardo for Mayor of San José. Her announcement is another sign of tremendous momentum for Liccardo heading into the November runoff.
“I’m grateful for Madison’s support as we head into the next phase of this campaign. Madison has been an incredible leader and advocate for pension reform,” said Liccardo. “Prominent civic leaders and organizations are coming together in support of my candidacy because they believe so strongly that we must continue to move forward, building a smarter government and a safer city through innovation. We can’t go back to the old way of doing business but must unite together for a stronger San José.”
“The City of San José has gone through a very painful period. We are now starting to recover from the financial problems we have faced. I believe Sam is the best person to avoid falling into the traps of the past and will move San José forward the best way possible,” said Vice Mayor Nguyen.
Nguyen had a strong third place showing in the June primary and is the latest in a recent string of endorsements for Liccardo, including nods from current Mayor Chuck Reed, the San José Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and a duel endorsement from the Santa Clara County Democratic Club. These join pre-primary endorsements from the Mercury News, the Sierra Club and former Mayors Susan Hammer, Tom McEnery and Ron James.