In this role, Herrera will serve as vice chair of the Rules and Open Government Committee, which decides what items to place on the City Council agenda.
Herrera, 61, was first elected in 2008 to represent council District 8, which spans San Jose's Evergreen neighborhood. She was re-elected in 2012 for another four-year term. She grew up in East San Jose, attending Overfelt High School. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force she earned her undergrad and masters degrees at Santa Clara University.
In the 1990s, she ran her own software firm, which eventually closed after going bankrupt.
Last year, Herrera ran against Liccardo in San Jose's mayoral primary as an underdog candidate whose platform focused on improving the local economy.
“Rose Herrera brings passion and commitment to the community to the role of Vice Mayor,” Liccardo said in a statement released Wednesday. “From her service to our country as a member of the U.S. Air Force, to her leadership on economic development and transportation issues, Rose has the experience needed as we focus on working together to make San José a safer, smarter city.”
Herrera said she hopes city leaders, however divided after a bitter election, can cooperate moving forward.
“I am honored to receive this nomination, and I look forward to working with the mayor and the entire council,” Herrera said. “Now is the time for everyone to work together, to collaborate across traditional boundaries, and like the mayor, that’s what I intend to do.”