Mayor Chuck Reed officially endorsed District 9 candidate Larry Pegram today.
“Larry does not shy away from standing up for the residents of the district over special interests,” Reed is quoted as saying in a campaign press release that came out this morning. “I need his help at City Hall in the difficult budget years ahead.”
In the endorsement, Reed made a point to mention that he believes Pegram’s history as Christian conservative leader and head of the Values Advocacy Council would not be a factor if he is elected to San Jose City Hall.
“After many conversations, I am convinced Larry will focus his efforts on fixing the City’s fiscal problems and will not use the position of Councilmember to advance a personal social agenda,” Reed writes.
“Larry Pegram understands the fiscal crisis facing the city and the difficult fiscal reforms that will be necessary to regain control over sky rocketing employee costs.”
Pegram, who along with Reed contracts the services of political consultant Victor Ajlouny, has been hitting the campaign trail hard since the beginning of July. He’s been making appearances at nearly every community event, city council and committee meeting in San Jose, pushing his “Pegram Principles” platform of fiscal reform.
Pegram has also been speaking on his adamant support of a ballot measure that will limit outside arbitrators.
“I realize there will be a backlash from the police and fire public employee unions,” Pergam said in a July 26 press release, “but we can no longer enter negotiations with the threat of arbitration as the elephant in the room. This initiative, if passed by the voters, will allow the Council to set reasonable parameters for our negotiators to work within.”
Other Pegram endorsers include San Jose District 1 councilman Pete Constant, Santa Clara County Supervisor Don Gage and Morgan Hill Vice Mayor Marilyn Librers.
Pegram’s challenger for the Cambrian neighborhood race, redevelopment official Donald Rocha, is also racking up endorsements.
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, San Jose City Councilmember Ash Kalra, State Senator Joe Simitian, former San Jose City Councilmember Linda LeZotte, have all announced they are backing the Rocha campaign. He has also been endorsed by former State Assembly member Jim Cunneen, a Republican.
Rocha got 43 percent of the vote in last June’s primary election, with Pegram coming in a far second in the field of six candidates. Former District 9 candidates Jim Cogan and Robert Cortese have also officially endorsed Rocha.
The general election for the San Jose City Council District 9 seat will take place on Nov. 2, 2010.