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Editorial: In San Jose’s District 10, we recommend Matt Mahan

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San Jose’s District 10 voters are fortunate to have three qualified candidates to choose from as Almaden Valley area voters cast ballots to replace termed-out Councilman Johnny Khamis.

All three — Matt Mahan, Jenny Higgins Bradanini and Helen Wang — are well-versed on important city issues and would work hard and be good representatives for the district. We recommend Mahan, a rising star in San Jose’s political scene.

Mahan grew up in Watsonville, the son of a school teacher and letter carrier. After graduating from San Jose’s Bellarmine Prep, he went to Harvard University, where he was elected student body president. He spent a year in Bolivia helping farmers build irrigation systems before returning to San Jose to teach English and history in the Alum Rock School District through the Teach for America program.

Mahan has served on the boards of the Almaden Valley Community Association, the District 10 Leadership Coalition and the city’s Clean Energy Community Advisory Commission. He is the co-founder and CEO of Brigade, a technology company that provides tools to promote civic engagement, political transparency and government accountability. He has the backing of business leaders and is a member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group board. His balanced approach to key housing, public safety and transportation issues reflects his passion for improving the quality of life in District 10 and beyond.

Bradanini has also taken a leadership role in the community. She is a co-founder and president of Women’s March Bay Area and used her marketing skills to raise nearly $1 million for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Bradanini has a thorough knowledge of District 10 and San Jose issues, having served as a policy director for former Councilman Don Rocha. She backs labor’s positions on housing issues and has the endorsement of Rocha and former Working Partnerships Executive Director and current Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez.

She suspended her campaign in December after a tragic accident in which the car she was driving struck and killed a 66-year-old man. She said during an interview Friday that she remains heartbroken over the accident but is resuming her campaign.

Wang is the most conservative of the candidates, focusing her campaign on fiscal responsibility and creating a more business-friendly environment. She is a registered nurse and was managing partner of an urgent care center for 20 years before retiring in 2016. Her primary strength is her engagement in small business issues, having served as a San Jose Small Business Development commissioner from 2006-12 and as president of the Silicon Valley Chinese Technology and Business Association from 2017-19.

District 10 voters are fortunate to have three solid candidates on the ballot. Mahan is the standout. His thoughtful, balanced approach to policy issues would benefit the district and the city. We recommend him.

 

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