Ash Kalra and Madison Nguyen have resumes that would make either a qualified successor—and upgrade—to Nora Campos. Assembly District 27 has had six years of substandard representation, and a steady hand should allow constituents to receive the services they’re entitled to while casting significant statewide votes.
Kalra, currently a councilman for San Jose’s District 2, has been an ardent champion of labor causes, most notably in his opposition to Measure B pension reforms. While in the minority, he consistently articulated his positions with passion and gravitas, and since that time he has shown an ability to craft policy proposals with Mayor Sam Liccardo. Kalra’s work on issues such as rent control and minimum wage increases started an important dialogue, and he has also championed conservation efforts as chair of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Nguyen, who served as San Jose’s vice mayor up until the end of 2014, also has an impressive record of service that would place AD 27 in capable hands. She survived a recall challenge over the naming of a Vietnamese business district and went on to lead on issues such as affordable housing and economic development. She has bipartisan support that should help her weed through the political morass that can be the state legislature, and the persistence to make a difference. We recommend a vote for Nguyen.
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