There are enough candidates for mayor of San Jose to field a football team with a few water boys, but no one entrant should expect the blessing of Mayor Chuck Reed just yet. With a year left on his final term, the mayor’s five pension reform supporters on the City Council—a.k.a. The B Team—are all vying to drag their files over to the 18th floor’s corner office, and he needs their support to gets things done. Councilman Sam Liccardo has created the most early buzz, no doubt fueled by his massive kickoff party downtown. Some observers are very interested to know how much he paid—or didn’t pay—for that shindig at SP2, which will become public at the end of January. In noted contrast, councilman Pete Constant and Pierluigi Oliverio have barely moved the needle in their campaign efforts. Constant has been out of town much of the last month dealing with family issues, but there is yet again growing chatter that his wife, Julie, a Campbell school boarder, might run for his termed-out seat. As they say, the couple that campaigns together—actually, we’re not sure what they say. Oliverio announced on his Facebook page that he would forgo soliciting campaign contributions in December out of respect for the holidays, which his friends and supporters should see only as a temporary gift. Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen is looking to mend fences with old foes—though she doesn’t stand to get labor’s endorsement, even if county supe Dave Cortese fails to make it to the runoff. And despite Rose Herrera’s late entry and unclear backing, there’s always the chance she could erode Cortese’s Evergreen support base. Regardless, Mayor Reed is expected to wait until after the primary to throw a shoulder behind one of his allies—which in recent election cycles hasn’t been quite the political kiss of death it once was. At least that’s what Charles “Chappie” Jones hopes.