Madison Nguyen’s plan to run for mayor of San Jose appears to be the worst kept secret at City Hall these days—mainly because she keeps telling everyone before adding that it’s “a secret.” Three of Nguyen’s colleagues confirmed that the District 7 councilmember started spreading word of her plan to run before the June 5 primaries.
Elected officials will soon scatter for the July recess, but when they return in August, the vice mayor first could already be in campaign mode. It seems Nguyen, the first-ever Vietnamese-American on the council, wants a head start to racking up pledges of support ahead of Bellarmine twins Sam Liccardo, the District 3 downtown councilmember, and former vice mayor Dave Cortese, who’s presently on the county Board of Supervisors.
Nguyen has been out of the office much of the last few months tending to a new baby, but apparently she felt more confident in a mayoral run after a phone poll commissioned in May by Bay 101 Casino found her running a close second to Cortese.
Meanwhile, Liccardo is said to have finished a distant third in the poll with Councilmember Ash Kalra coming in fourth.