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While voter turnout is expected to dip to a historic low for a gubernatorial election, partly because incumbents for the state’s highest posts are shoo-ins, Silicon Valley has a lot riding on today. Stay posted through Tuesday evening as San Jose Inside posts live updates and Election Night observations on Facebook and Twitter.
Here's a breakdown of some locals races and where each candidate is expected to spend their night partying/crying into their drink:
San Jose Mayor
In San Jose, union-backed candidates are trying to regain control of the City Council, where outgoing Mayor Chuck Reed and his pension reform allies have held majority control for the past eight years. Councilman Sam Liccardo supported Measure B, which dialed back retirement benefits for city employees, and he's drawn the ire of public safety unions. On the other hand, Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese has rallied support from those same unions, promising to end the court fight over the voter-approved 2012 measure and restore pay.
Sam Liccardo Party — Gordon Biersch Brewery, 357 E. Taylor St., San Jose
Dave Cortese Party — Marriott, 301 S. Market St., San Jose
San Jose City Council
Three other council seats are up for grabs. In termed-out Councilman Pete Constant’s District 1, which encompasses San Jose’s west side, retired tech worker Charles “Chappie” Jones is up against labor’s pick, Assemblyman Paul Fong.
Chappie Jones — Winchester Mystery House, 525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose
Paul Fong — Unknown
Don Gagliardi — Café Stritch/Anno Domini
Raul Peralez — Mezcal, 25 W. San Fernando St., San Jose
Maya Esparza — Gould Center, 1059 E. Capitol Expressway, San Jose
Tam Nguyen — Viet Voters Office, 1430 Tully Road #408
Also taking center stage is the race for Silicon Valley’s 17th Congressional District, where patent attorney Ro Khanna is trying to unseat seven-term incumbent Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose). Tech executives and investors have poured millions of dollars into Khanna’s campaign, while labor unions have thrown their weight behind Honda.
Ro Khanna — Campaign headquarters, 3200 Coronado Drive, Santa Clara
In the 18th Congressional District, Republican Richard Fox, an attorney from Los Gatos, is challenging Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) in her bid for an 11th term. In the 19th Congressional District, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), is up against another Democrat, Morgan Hill businessman Robert Murray.
For state Assembly, running in District 28 for the seat left by Fong, Campbell Mayor Evan Low is facing off against Saratoga Councilman Chuck Page.
Evan Low — home of Rich Waterman and Bruce Scholes, 1482 Ridgeley Drive, Campbell
In District 25, another open seat with Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) terming out, Democratic San Jose Councilman Kansen Chu is facing off against Republican Bob Brunton.
Kansen Chu — various parties around AD25
Santa Clara County Superior Court
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Diane Ritchie, the beleaguered incumbent who gave up campaigning last month, is trying to hold on to her post against District Attorney Matthew Harris.
Matthew Harris — Silver Creek Sportsplex, 800 Embedded Way, San Jose
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Water politics, usually none too riveting to watch, has garnered more attention this year as Sex.com/Match.com founder Gary Kremen has raised nearly $400,000 to unseat Santa Clara Valley Water District trustee Brian Schmidt. That’s more than five times the amount any candidate’s ever spent on a race for the district, which provides drinking water and flood protection to most of the South Bay.