David Ginsborg, right-hand man to county tax assessor Larry Stone, is running for a seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District board come next November. We’re not sure why anyone would want to spend waking hours noodling on water policy, but then again it can’t be any less exciting than tax assessments. Ginsborg has been racking up endorsements—so far he’s received blessings from former San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer and State Assemblyman Jim Beall, among others—though he’ll have to go up against incumbent Joe Judge, who, according to our records, joined the board around the same time Jesus was turning water into wine. Judge has his own supporters in the race, none bigger than U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and her husband, John Collins, whose relationship goes back at least as far as Steve Wozniak‘s Us Festivals (c. 1982), where the two worked together, and more recently involved Judge’s oversight of Collins and Lofgren’s home remodeling projects. But beating out the enthusiasm of a reform candidate will be difficult, especially after three new board members were brought in from last election: Linda Lezotte, Brian Schmidt and Don Gage. Judge’s best chance to be re-elected might be in the form of someone who has yet to declare anything—Scott Knies, the executive director of the San Jose Downtown Association. Knies says he plans on entering the fray later this month, which could make for some awkward endorsement retractions for Ginsborg supporters—such as downtown San Jose City Councilmember Sam Liccardo (although Liccardo has assured Fly and Ginsborg that he has no plans to reconsider his endorsement). And if there weren’t enough people interested in the board position, word is Barbara Keegan, a former SCVWD employee and current board member for the San Jose Arena Authority, is thinking about running.
In other news, the current Santa Clara Valley Water District board voted Tuesday to start adding fluoride to county water.