Jones, a 54-year-old sales and marketing executive, balances the right combination of socially liberal leanings with fiscally moderate policies. He also has a fair amount of experience, having sat on a variety of city boards and committees, including serving as president of his Murdock Neighborhood Association. He has a real connection to his community, something that is decidedly lacking in Fong.
Fong’s interest in serving on the council has come across as disingenuous. His real interest appears to be extending his political career and serving his masters on the South Bay Labor Council. He terms out of the State Assembly at the end of this year, and his record has been cloaked under the veil of a substantial conflict of interest. Since he first won a seat in the Assembly in 2008, Fong has owed $100,000 to political consultant/lobbyist Richie Ross. Rather than settle the tab, Fong went on to side with Ross on every bill he lobbied on during the last six years.
Fong, who’s little more than a puppet for special interests, refuses interviews and says little of interest in public forums. Jones is worth taking a gamble on. He has the interpersonal skills to come to reasonable, balanced positions for the benefit of San Jose.