Kansen Chu had a productive holiday season, mainly, the council member says, because he didn’t take a vacation. Fundraising for the District 4 City Council race later this year, Chu says he raised $45,000 for his campaign in the final two weeks of the year.
As of right now, Chu’s only opponent in the race is Tam Truong, a San Jose police officer who is aligning himself with Mayor Chuck Reed on pension reform. Where Truong stands on other issues is hard to say. Most elected officials, such as Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, are just becoming acquainted with Truong because he is new to the race. Chu says he doesn’t know a thing about his opponent.
“Not at all,” the councilmember said in a phone interview. “I poked around even in the Vietnamesse community—not a lot of people have heard about him. I definitely welcome any challengers. This is the democratic system, so I just need to be well prepared and not take any challengers lightly.”