A recount in San Jose’s District 8 City Council race is going on day six today, with Jimmy Nguyen accusing election officials of disenfranchising voters.
Councilwoman Sylvia Arenas was sworn in to the District 8 seat this past weekend, but the election isn’t quite over yet.
Sylvia Arenas finished 88 votes ahead of Jimmy Nguyen in San Jose’s D8 council race, one of six local contests that may require a recount.
Political donors have spent more than $1.6 million on three San Jose ballot measures and another $822,000 on three City Council contests.
Sylvia Arenas supports labor causes without institutional support. That makes her the best chance for independent representation in District 8.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will stop by San Jose on Tuesday to highlight affordable housing efforts and help out with a community service project at Lake Cunningham Regional Park, which is located in San Jose Councilmember Rose Herrera’s district.
In a state of more than 18 million registered voters and a city of nearly one million people, it’s easy for any one person to feel insignificant. That’s why it’s important to remember that we’re all in this together; that our collective opinions add up to something greater than ourselves; that this grand experiment called “democracy” works best when we all stand up to be counted.