Election 2018: Maya Esparza Overtakes Incumbent Tam Nguyen in San Jose’s D7 Race

With 58 percent of the ballots tallied Friday morning, Maya Esparza pulled ahead of incumbent Tam Nguyen in San Jose’s District 7 City Council race. In the latest count, Esparza led Nguyen by 129 votes with 6,152 over his 6,023.

With thousands more votes yet to be counted over the weekend, it’s a tenuous lead. Both candidates said they fully anticipated a close race and remain optimistic.

Source: sccvote.org

When the two ran for the same East Side seat in 2014, Nguyen edged out Esparza by just 200 votes. In the June primary, Esparza finished second in a field of seven candidates with just shy of 24 percent of the votes against Nguyen’s 31 percent.

Nguyen, who lost 128 votes since Thursday’s tally, said today that he still feels “very hopeful” about the outcome. Via text message, the councilor said he’s grateful for the “community love and support” and that he’s staying busy to take his mind off the race.

Like her opponent, Esparza said she went back to the grind after the polls closed Tuesday. As head of Destination: Home’s All the Way Home initiative to house homeless ex-military men and women, she’s been gearing up for Veterans Day.

“After election day, I went right back to work,” she said. “I’m leading a campaign on veterans homelessness, so this is a big weekend for us.”

The next round of election results is expected at 5pm today.

Jennifer Wadsworth is the former news editor for San Jose Inside and Metro Silicon Valley. Follow her on Twitter at @jennwadsworth.


  1. Never, ever underestimate the loyalty of the Vietnamese Community.
    Scr*w Destination Home in all aspects. Eliminate their funding and influence at city hall.
    David S. Wall

  2. District 7 needs the same opportunities as other Districts in our City are receiving. I am hoping Maya remembers this went the City tries to decide where to place all the homeless housing, charter schools and affordable housing. The parks and streets in the district need attention and not to mention all the homeless camped out in the area. Tam is a very nice person and I think he means well but he frequently never stayed and listened to residents concerns when there were community meetings. I live in District 3 but my neighborhood borders District 7 and I frequent the stores in the district and my chief complaint is the homeless issue and some of the businesses in the area that are allowed to maintain illegal activity.

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