Kansen Chu’s decampment from the San Jose City Council for the State Assembly has spun off a crowded race to replace him. So far, 10 people have expressed an interest in running for North San Jose’s District 4 in a special election April 7, which could lead to a June 23 runoff. Given that fewer than 10,000 people cast a vote in the last D4 special election in 2007—a measly 27 percent turnout—the winner could end up deciding matters for a city of a million residents after receiving fewer than a few thousand votes. Contenders include a host of familiar faces. Ex-Obama administration trade advisor Teresa Cox, who challenged Chu in his bid for the 25th Assembly District, may vie to fill his council seat. Johnny Lee, who was up against Tam Nguyen in D7 until he fell four signatures short of making it to the ballot, says he moved to the Berryessa neighborhood back in April to get ready for the race. Chu’s wife, Daisy Chu, already has the name recognition in the district and political experience as a former Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors policy aide. (Unfortunately, it’s with felonious ex-supe George Shirakawa Jr.) Also potentially in the running: Rep. Mike Honda congressional aide Allen Chiu, lone Republican David Neighbors, school trustee Thelma Boac, banker Alex Torres, Realtor Bob Dhillon, San Jose cop Tam Truong, who got crushed by Kansen Chu in 2012, and attorney Lan Diep. Newly elected Berryessa Union School District trustee David Cohen has been saying for years that he’d like to run for a seat in D4, but with young children it’s just not the right time. Meanwhile, San Jose’s City Council may struggle to accomplish much of anything in the next eight months. Chu’s successor won’t be seated until August, leaving the council with an even 10 members and a potential tie in votes for the rest of the fiscal year. A source, however, tells Fly that folks shouldn't be surprised if an interim appointment is made.