San Jose City Council District 5
District 5 voters have a chance to restore balance to the San Jose City Council by electing Magdalena Carrasco, a talented and articulate neighborhood activist who began a grassroots campaign and now enjoys a wide base of support.
She has stressed issues that are intended to revitalize businesses and neighborhoods on the East Side—which has been deeply impacted by the recession and budget cuts.
She promises to fight to bring her district its fair share of city revenue, and to pursue other funding sources, including grants. With a background in social work for both the county and the non-profit sector, she has skills suited for both.
More important than those qualifications, more important than her keen intelligence and her lifetime’s knowledge of her community, Carrasco brings a refreshing level of integrity to her campaign.
Unfortunately, this race has been one of the dirtiest San Jose has ever seen. Carrasco has been the victim of a series of attack-mailers, some illegal and others paid for by the South Bay Labor Council (SBLC), which backs her opponent, Xavier Campos.
The anti-Carrasco campaign was notable for its bald-faced dishonesty. She was accused of being a Communist. She was accused of fronting a Los Angeles cabal spearheading a takeover of the East Side. Mostly, this born-and-bred San Jose woman, a graduate of Independence High School who says she “had all of the big family experiences” at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, was accused of being an outsider.
Campos, whose sister Nora has represented the district for nine years, has turned a blind eye to the attacks—much as he overlooked (or so he says) the ripoff of employees’ pension funds at the Mexican American Community Services Agency, where he served as Chief Operations Officer.
Over the next four years, the East Side and all of San Jose will continue to face difficult challenges. We believe Xavier Campos can be counted on to do the bidding of his political allies at SBLC, rather than act independently on behalf of his constituents or the city in general.
Magdalena Carrasco deserves a chance to bring new political energy to the East Side, which will benefit by being liberated from insider politics.