What to Know: Candidates for Mayor of San Jose Face Off in June 7 Primary Election
In the June 7 primary election, San Jose voters will begin the process of electing the city’s next mayor. Mayor Sam Liccardo has hit his term limit, so it’s an open race with seven candidates on the ballot. The top two vote getters will head to a November runoff election unless one candidate grabs more than 50 percent of the vote. Big issues in this race are the escalating problems around homelessness and affordable housing in the city, an uptick in crime amid a police staffing shortage, and the future of downtown, where businesses are struggling to recover and Google wants to build a sprawling new campus. Here’s what to know about the candidates for the highest office in the Bay Area’s biggest city.