SJ Councilwoman Fights for Her Political Life

Voters to decide on recall election for Madison Nguyen

San Jose's first Vietnamese-American city council member is making the final push this week to save her political career.

Voters will hit the polls Tuesday to decide whether to recall Councilwoman Madison Nguyen.
Nguyen was elected to the council in 2005, with the city's Vietnamese-American community turning out in record numbers to support her.
Now many in that same community have spearheaded the recall campaign. The fight started when Nguyen's support of naming a shopping district "Little Saigon" instead of "Saigon Business District" sparked allegations that was more attentive to developers than to her constituents.
Critics say the fight has divided the community and alienated many non-Vietnamese voters. They're hoping Tuesday's vote will resolve the issue and return the city to politics as usual.

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