Mayor Chuck Reed has nominated Madison Nguyen to be vice mayor, three weeks after she won a surprisingly close race to hold onto her District 7 council seat.
The move seems to confirm a shift of loyalties for Nguyen, a onetime ally of the South Bay Labor Council. She was the swing vote in the council’s decision to put Measures V and W on the ballot—a move SBLC vehemently opposed.
Reed’s nomination may also create a buzz at the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber supported Nguyen’s opponent, Minh Duong, a furniture-store owner with a somewhat sketchy business history.
The press release from the mayor’s office is below:
San Jose, Calif.- Mayor Chuck Reed has nominated Councilmember Madison Nguyen to succeed Vice Mayor Judy Chirco, whose term on the City Council expires at the end of the year.
“Madison has been a strong supporter of my budget and fiscal reform initiatives,” said Mayor Chuck Reed. “I value her advice and she will be a key person in finding solutions to the serious problems we face.”
Madison Nguyen was first elected to represent District 7 on the San José City Council in 2005, becoming the first Vietnamese American to serve on the council. Councilmember Nguyen currently serves as Chairwoman of the Public Safety, Finance and Strategic Support Committee, and is a member of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force, San Jose/Santa Clara Water Treatment Plant Advisory Committee and Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Policy Advisory Board (BART).
Prior to her election to the City Council, Councilmember Nguyen served as the President of the Franklin-McKinley Board of Education and also taught Sociology and Vietnamese American Culture at De Anza College and Evergreen Valley College.
According to the San Jose City Charter, the Vice Mayor is to be elected by the City Council at its second meeting in January, which will fall on January 25, 2011. Since Vice Mayor Chirco’s term expires December 31, 2010, Mayor Reed has designated Councilmember Nguyen to serve as Vice Mayor Pro Tempore from January 1, 2011 until January 25, 2011.