San Jose, California municipal elections, 2014

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The city of San Jose, California will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. The primary election took place on June 3, 2014. In any race where a candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, they were declared elected and are not required to run on November 4.[1] Five seats are up for election.

While several critical issues such as transportation and public safety are shaping the San Jose 2014 elections, none loom as large as the issue of pension reform.[2] Between 2001 and 2012, the city's annual pension payments rose from $73 million to $245 million. As Ballotpedia's Brittany Clingen reported, this amounts to twenty-seven percent of the city's general fund budget.[3] To address this problem, on June 5, 2012, San Jose voters approved a controversial ballot measure known as "Measure B." The measure increased employee contributions, established pension costs and benefit limitations for new employees, modified disability retirement procedures and suspended retiree cost of living adjustments in times of emergencies.[4] Mayor Chuck Reed supported the measure, despite staunch resistance from city unions - especially the city's police union. The controversy over Measure B eventually made it way to the courts in 2012, after city unions announced their intentions to proceed with a legal challenge. The lawsuit is currently ongoing.[5]

For the full story on Measure B and San Jose's pension crisis, see Ballotpedia's coverage here.

Mayor

The issue of pension reform has become the defining factor in the 2014 San Jose mayoral race. Candidate Dave Cortese, backed by the city's unions, has campaigned against "Measure B," a controversial measure approved by voters in 2012 that sought to address the city's pension crisis. Conversely, Cortese's challenger and current city council member, Sam Liccardo, has campaigned in favor of the measure, thereby earning him the support of term-limited mayor Reed and much of the local business community.[6]

Candidate list

Note: Incumbent Chuck Reed is not running for re-election.

June 3 Primary election candidates:

November 4 Runoff election candidates:

City council

Candidate list

District 1

Note: Incumbent Pete Constant is not running for re-election.

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November 4 Runoff election candidates:

District 3

Note: Incumbent Sam Liccardo is not running for re-election.

June 3 Primary election candidates:

November 4 Runoff election candidates:

District 5

June 3 Primary election candidates:

District 7

Note: Incumbent Madison Nguyen is not running for re-election.

June 3 Primary election candidates:

November 4 Runoff election candidates:

District 9

June 3 Primary election candidates:

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