San Jose mayoral candidates make final push ahead of primary – NBC Bay Area


Super Tuesday is lower than two weeks away now.

Since it’s a primary, most races will determine which two candidates transfer on to the overall election in November.

But there’ll really be a winner declared on March 5 within the San Jose mayoral race. There are solely two candidates working, that are incumbent Matt Mahan and challenger Tyrone Wade.

Wade is a retired marriage, household, and disaster counselor and labored in a number of totally different metropolis governments across the Bay Area.

“Nothing has been done that I’ve wanted to be done by either the city government, the mayor or the city council,” Wade mentioned.

Wade desires to reform youngster protecting companies and the police division. He believes counselors needs to be those responding to home violence calls and never officers. Wade says he additionally ran two homeless shelters and is certified to deal with the problem.

“There are 300 people who are living on the streets dying every year. It’s an epidemic that we have to take care of. Those are the kinds of things that my experience and training has prepared me to resolve,” Wade mentioned.

On the opposite facet is Mahan. He’s serving an uncommon two-year time period, as a result of Mahan gained the runoff in 2022, voters selected to maneuver the mayoral election to align with the presidential years to extend voter turnout. So, he’s ending a two-year time period and looking for one other 4 years.

“I think it’s critically important that we follow through on the work we’re doing to get people into basic dignified housing shelter and out of these tent encampments faster, hire more police officers and make our city safer, cleanup the city and expand economic opportunities for all our residents,” he mentioned.

Mahan believes he’s made progress on his agenda for town – however says there’s lots extra work to do.

“When we get the basics right, we create economic growth, more tax revenue and greater opportunities,” he mentioned.

Since there are solely two candidates the Mar. 5 election will determine the race. Ballots have been despatched out however you may vote in individual till the polls shut on Mar. 5 at 8 p.m.

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