The 2014 mayoral race in San Jose is still two years away and already people seem bored by the potential candidates: Councilmembers Sam Liccardo and Madison Nguyen, and county Supervisor Dave Cortese. Rumors of a future Mayorluigi—a.k.a. Willow Glen Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio—surfaced last month and everyone choked on their cannolis. Now we bring you the next potential “right” man for the job. Well, maybe not the right man, but Pat Waite is a Republican. The 54-year-old former VP of finance for Seagate, who lost a close race to Evergreen Councilmember Rose Herrera in 2008, says local business and community leaders have been approaching him in recent months to take on The Expectables. Even this last spring, Waite says, the South Bay Labor Council talked to him about again challenging Herrera in the primary. (Take a second and consider that: The SBLC actually approached a Republican to run with its support. Cindy Chavez must be rolling over in her grave.) His high-tech business background and lack of local government experience—aside from serving as a commissioner on a monitoring commission for the Santa Clara Valley Water District—could be a plus in the eyes of some voters. Waite could also provide a clean slate with public employees, many of whom, he says, have been unfairly “vilified” in recent years. While Republicans have generally been out of step with Bay Area voters on social issues, Waite, a Catholic, says he is more of a libertarian on hot topics like gay marriage and abortion. “I really don’t give a hoot what they do with their own lives as long as it’s not affecting my life,” he says, adding that when it comes to abortion he’s “not planning on having one” any time soon. “I don’t need to be butting my nose in people’s private lives, and I don’t think government should either,” Waite says. That comes in slight contrast to San Jose’s current mayor, Democrat Chuck Reed, who has opposed gay marriage when pressed. But according to Waite, that could be because Reed’s party affiliation is more “pragmatic” than precise.