San Jose’s north side councilman will face a familiar opponent in his bid for re-election. Lan Diep, who lost by 13 votes to Manh Nguyen in last year’s District 4 City Council race, is back for a rematch.
“With the divisive battles of Measure B now behind us, we need thoughtful representatives to lead the healing process,” Diep said in an email announcing his candidacy. “Given the chance, I know I can be a such a leader.”
Diep, a 31-year-old public interest attorney, said that as councilman he would focus on public safety, creating jobs, investing in transit and reining in the skyrocketing cost of living.
“North San Jose has a central role to play in our city’s future development, and it deserves a serious representative who enjoys constituent interaction, who can craft good policy, and who can articulate a shared vision on behalf of the district,” he said, taking a shot at Nguyen. “We do not have such a representative now.”
I guess I've just been scooped on my own twitter feed. https://t.co/9F2wg4wTil
— Lân Diệp (@LTDiep) January 19, 2016
Nguyen, who owns a Vietnamese-language media company, beat Diep in the April 2015 election and won against state legislative aide Tim Orozco in the runoff.
Come election day June 7, San Jose will vote in five council districts—three with termed-out representatives. Unless a candidate wins a majority of votes in June, the top two vote-getters will square off in a runoff Nov. 8.