Larry Pegram, president and co-founder of evangelical group Values Advocacy Council, today declared his candidacy for the District 9 seat on the San Jose City Council, which is being vacated by termed-out Judy Chirco. Pegram was a member of the City Council from 1974 to 1980. His most recent political venture was a short-lived run for the GOP nomination in the 11th Congressional District.
Robert Cortese, the second cousin of Santa Clara County Supervisor David Cortese, announced his intention to run for the District 9 seat last Friday. Pegram and Cortese will be running against Jim Cogan, who now works as Pete Constant’s chief of staff, as well as city redevelopment officer Don Rocha, financial consultant David Cueva, and Santa Clara University student Chad Greer.
Another new entry into the June 8 election is vintner Tom Kruse, who has entered the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors District 1 race to replace termed-out Don Gage. Kruse owns Thomas Kruse Winery in Gilroy.
Kruse will be going up against Teresa Alvarado, the daughter of former supervisor Blanca Alvarado, former San Jose Councilmember Forrest Williams, Gilroy Councilmember Peter Arellano and former Los Gatos Mayor Mike Wasserman. —Tommy Wright