It’s Time to Focus on the Truth in the Race for Mayor. Cindy Chavez and Her Campaign are NOT Telling the Truth.

Ann Ravel Matt Mahan Cindy Chavez Lies

By Ann Ravel

I have spent much of my adult life fighting for truth and fairness in campaigning – including serving as Chair of the Fair Political Practices Commission in California and as President Barack Obama’s appointment to the Federal Election Commission.

Over that time, I have monitored a great deal of negative campaigning and misinformation. But the level of outright falsehoods coming out of Cindy Chavez and her campaign for Mayor shock even me.

Here are the facts – Matt Mahan is a Democrat, he is pro-choice, he supports sensible gun regulation. That is not just my opinion – those are provable facts.

Yet Supervisor Cindy Chavez and her big-dollar allies send you mail piece after mail piece trying to get you to believe otherwise, and clearly trying to distract attention from the Supervisor’s failed record on crime, homelessness, affordable housing and waste in government.

I already support Matt because I agree with his common-sense solutions to improve how we make San Jose safer, reduce homelessness, and spend our tax dollars more effectively in these tough economic times.

But we all now have another reason to support Matt – to say “NO” to a political machine that treats us with such disrespect they think we will fall for their outright lies. I recently wrote an article about this issue – “When Will Cindy Chavez Tell the Truth?” I hope you find a moment to read it here before you vote.

If you want to stand up for common-sense and truth in campaigning – a great way to do both is to volunteer for Matt’s campaign in these final days. The truth is stronger than lies. But we all need to do our part to spread the truth.

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You Did It!

you Did It!

While this has been the longest period of vote counting in recent memory, we need to remember that we have also just seen the highest number of votes cast for mayor in our city’s history. The count as of today now shows our campaign for common sense will win a majority of the votes. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign. But what unites us as a city is much more powerful than any divisions from a political contest.

I have just spoken with Supervisor Chavez and appreciate her most gracious concession in the true spirit of our robust democracy. I congratulate Supervisor Chavez on her strong campaign and I hope to work with her closely in the years ahead to address the challenges facing San Jose. We all want our city to be safe, to prosper, and our mission is to work together for common-sense solutions to end street homelessness, fight crime more effectively, make our city more affordable, clean up San Jose and hold ourselves as elected officials accountable for results.

I want to send my gratitude to every single voter who cast a ballot for our campaign or for Supervisor Chavez. Your vote was thoughtfully cast and your voice will be heard. And I want to personally thank our incredible volunteers and the 40,000 San Jose citizens who joined our campaign for common sense. You built one of the most powerful grassroots campaigns that this city has ever seen. It was your work that made this victory for common sense possible. 

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