2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

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SJ District 8 Seat Battleground For Pension Reform

The District 8 race is more about pension reform than the two names on the ballot.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    One of the most hotly contested races in the Bay Area is in the city of San Jose. District 8 pits incumbent city councilwoman Rose Herrera against political newcomer Jimmy Nguyen. And Tuesday evening, Herrera was leading Nguyen, 55 percent to 44 percent. She said she felt "real close" to a win. Damian Trujillo reports.

    Incumbent City Councilwoman Rose Herrera won the election Tuesday night in a bitter battle with political newcomer Jimmy Nguyen.

     By midnight, NBC had called the District 8 race in her favor.

    Party For SJ Councilwoman Rose Herrera

    [BAY] Party For SJ Councilwoman Rose Herrera
    Reporter Damian Trujillo waits at a party for Rose Herrera, who is hoping to keep her San Jose city council seat.

    To see the real-time results, click here.

    "I'm really honored to serve this community," Herrera said, even before the race was called.

    The race became embroiled in a bitter political battle over pension reform.

    City employee unions made it their mission to unseat Herrera after she supported San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's pension reform Measure B.

    SJPOA Lashes Back Against Councilwoman's Mailer

    [BAY] SJPOA Lashes Back Against Councilwoman's Mailer
    A political fight between police unions and a councilwoman running for re-election resumed Sunday after union leaders blasted Rose Herrera for a campaign mailer they say accuses union leadership of encouraging officers to delay response times, among other criticisms.

    Nguyen is a mediator at the Santa Clara County Courts for both civil harassment and small claims courts, and a political novice by any account.

    But he came in second in the June primary and that put him against Herrera for the District 8 seat.

    What makes the race critical is that the winner of District 8 could tip the balance of power on the divided city council, where Reed leads a fragile majority in his effort to reduce employee retirement costs.