A race that’s still a year away has created a wedge between two longtime political allies. Sources tell Fly that county Supervisor Cindy Chavez and Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose), who terms out next year, have not been on the closest of terms ever since Chavez refused to back Nora’s bumbling baby brother, former San Jose Councilman Xavier Campos, for Assembly District 27. There's also the fact that Nora terrorized Andres Quintero, a former staffer to Chavez, like many of her since departed staffers. Nora and Cindy are still on speaking terms but there’s “a lot of tension,” according to a source. It appears Chavez and the labor machine are more inclined to back Ash Kalra, who already has the support of San Jose Councilman Raul Peralez—a former cop—and the city’s police union. But the Camposes aren’t the only ones fixated on keeping the seat in Latino hands. Word is the Legislative Latino Caucus in Sacramento actively recruited first-year SJ council members Magdalena Carrasco, who vanquished Baby X for the East Side council seat last year, and Peralez, who declined to run and endorsed Kalra. Carrasco, who has a child with State Senate president Kevin de León, might never have a better opportunity to climb the ladder than now, and she’s been cagey about her plans. But word is she’s leaning toward staying put, which could open the door for lifelong Assembly aspirant Darcie Green, who currently sits on the county Board of Education. Green’s had her share of embarrassments, so the Latino Caucus might be her best bet to receive institutional support. It would be a reluctant pairing, according to sources, but the Latino Caucus has a history of supporting candidates who aren’t exactly ideal policy matches. Former city Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen is also running for the AD27 seat, and Van Le, a Republican on the East Side school board, could split the female vote even further.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly cited a past endorsement by the Latino Caucus. San Jose Inside regrets the error.