Drive-Through Ballot Drop Off Set Up Ahead of Tuesday Election

The election to fill the seat left empty by George Shirakawa is Tuesday

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    NBC Bay Area
    Screen grab of Santa Clara County supervisor's board meeting in 2012 with George Shirakawa at the podium.

    More than 14,000 early voters have cast ballots for Tuesday's contest for the District 2 seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and early voting continues Saturday, election officials said.

    Of the 77,504 ballots issued to voters for the special election in District 2 in San Jose, 14,689 had been returned, or just under 19 percent, as of Friday, according to the county Registrar of Voters.

    District 2 voters who have received mail-in ballots may drop them off Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at a drive-through in the parking lot of the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency, 1867 Senter Road in San Jose. Also on Saturday, voters in the district may cast their ballots in person, drop off a ballot or take one home from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Registrar of Voters office, 1555 Berger Drive, Building 2, in San Jose.

    All voted ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m. on Election Day this Tuesday, election officials said. Seven candidates are vying for the non-partisan District 2 seat to replace former Supervisor George Shirakawa on the five-member county board.

    The candidates, in ballot order, are Patricia Martinez-Roach, Cindy Chavez, Teresa Alvarado, Scott Hung Pham, Joseph La Jeunesse, Andre Abe Diaz (a write-in candidate) and David S. Wall.

    According to the most recent California campaign finance forms received by Santa Clara County, as of May 18 Alvarado led the pack with $137,936 in total contributions. Alvarado's contributors included San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, who gave $500, and City Council member Rose Herrera who put in $250.

    Alvarado, a fiscal audit manager, also received seven $500 donations from individuals working for the construction firm Cupertino Electric Inc. and $500 from Brian Burke, an executive at eBay. Chavez, a former San Jose City Council member, was next with $123,757 in total contributions, including $6,500 she loaned her campaign.

    Her donors included Assemblywoman Nora Campos, D-San Jose, who gave $500, and political action committees for the Electrical Workers and California Federation of Teachers unions that also gave $500 each.

    Martinez-Roach, a schoolteacher, received $12,583, all but $200 of which came from personal loans, while Wall, a retired city employee, reported $6,080 with $4,430 from personal loans.

    Reports from Scott Hung Pham, a college instructor, Joseph La Jeunesse, a deputy sheriff, and Andre Abe Diaz, who did not list an occupation, were not available on the county's website. On Wednesday, a group called "Community for Accountability, Opposing Cindy Chavez for Supervisor," reported spending $5,073 on mailing expenses during the district campaign.