It’s a shame this isn’t a re-election endorsement, because Magdalena Carrasco deserved to win San Jose's District 5 City Council seat four years ago. Rather than riding a primary win to the runoff in 2010, she had to defend herself against a fraudulent political mailer that framed her as a communist. That illegal mailer has since been linked back to the 2010 campaign of Councilman Xavier Campos, who refuses to discuss the matter publicly and invoked the Fifth Amendment during a grand jury hearing last year.
As hard as it may be to believe, Campos’ time in office has actually been worse than we initially feared. Riding his sister’s coattails into the District 5 seat, he has been one of the least effective members of the council, a pocket vote for labor and consistent investigatee.
How can anyone in good conscience vote for Campos knowing that the District Attorney’s office and the Fair Political Practices Commission are actively investigating his previous campaign? And this comes after he was investigated in the theft of $1 million from MACSA retirees. Trouble follows certain people for a reason.
Aaron Resendez would also be an upgrade over Campos, but while he is a nice man, Resendez lacks the political savvy to represent District 5 in the manner it so direly needs. His plan to register as a lobbyist for the business association he chairs—in the midst of a campaign—speaks to his acumen.
Carrasco brings experience as a former nonprofit executive and county worker, and she’s beefed up her resume by serving as a trustee on the East Side Union High School District. Carrasco was the best candidate four years ago, and that remains true today.