With all precincts reporting and only last-minute mail-in ballots yet to be counted, Manh Nguyen finished Election Day with a solid 13.6-point lead over his opponent in San Jose's District 4 City Council race.
Tim Orozco, a policy aide for state Sen. Bob Wieckowski, came away with 43.22 percent of the vote (4,059 ballots) against 56.78 percent (5,333) for Nguyen, who owns a Vietnamese-language media company. The next tally is expected at 5pm today, according to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.
The victory will make 62-year-old Nguyen the second Vietnamese-American on the council. It also gives Mayor Sam Liccardo a new ally, another fiscal conservative on a council divided between business and labor interests. Nguyen was endorsed by Liccardo in the runoff and by the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Orozco, 56, enjoyed support from the South Bay Labor Council.
Nguyen will replace Liccardo ally Margie Matthews, who was appointed by former Mayor Chuck Reed to fill the District 4 seat after Kansen Chu won election to the state Assembly.