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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.

    To see the real-time results, click here.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.