San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has a dubious history when it comes to endorsements. In years past, Reed has given his blessing to individuals such as Hon Thi Lien (District 4), Larry Pegram (District 9), Magdalena Carrasco (District 5) and Richard Calderon in the 2010 sheriff’s race. All of them lost. In just this past election cycle, Reed backed Tam Truong—again Reed saw his former district, No. 3, go to Kansen Chu—and Rose Herrera, who just missed the 50 percent plus one vote mark to avoid the November runoff.
But one person who should have little trouble avoiding the curse of Mayor Reed’s rubber stamp is Don Gage, who unveiled his campaign website this week in his run for mayor of Gilroy. Gage is leaving his post as director of the Santa Clara Valley Water District board to return to the place he previously served as a councilmember and mayor. Gage left Gilroy after winning a spot on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors before moving over to the Water District.
The Gilroy mayoral race has already drawn attention for some of the oddballs hoping to earn election, a shady small-town media conspiracy and Gage’s friendly connections to Gilroy’s development plans. But Gilroy Councilmember Perry Woodward withdrew from the race several months ago, taking the biggest threat to Gage’s return out of the running.
Reed is among seven elected officials in Santa Clara County who have endorsed Gage, including all five county supervisors and Sheriff Laurie Smith. This doesn’t even mention Gage’s vast number of community endorsements, which seems to basically list everyone who has ever lived or thought about living in Gilroy.