July is the political offseason in San Jose, but a shake-up recently occurred in the re-election staff of Councilmember Rose Herrera. Eric Crane will no longer serve as her campaign manager heading into the November runoff for the District 8 seat against surprise challenger Jimmy Nguyen. Herrera was relaxing on vacation when Fly called to ask why, but the councilmember was semi-tight-lipped. Herrera said Crane, who previously worked as a communications director for Councilmember Nancy Pyle, did “a tremendous job” and has been “a great asset” and blah, blah, blah. He will remain on staff, just not as the point man of her campaign. “I don’t think titles are all that important,” Herrera added. It seems unlikely Herrera will keep this attitude. She’ll need a clear No. 2 heading into what will yet again be a fierce battle at the polls. Labor unions—and the Police Officers Association, in particular—put everything they had into getting the Evergreen district race to November by denying Herrera more than 50 percent of the vote. (She came in just shy with 47.87 percent.) Meanwhile, the virtually unknown Nguyen turned heads by garnering more than 28 percent of the vote in June, and he’s starting to pick up support. County Supervisor Dave Cortese recently gave Nguyen his endorsement—although, it’s debatable how much that means after Cortese practically begged voters to pick Patricia Martinez-Roach, who finished a distant third.