.San Jose City Council

While Primary Day was not a strong day for incumbent San Jose City Council members, unofficial results with about half the ballots counted revealed one outright winner, plus the likely pairings for November in all but one district.

The margins were wide enough to guarantee an outright victory for David Cohen in District 4, plus the likely General Election opponents in three other city council races: Michael Mulcahy v. Olivia Navarro in District 6, incumbent Domingo Candelas v. Tam Truong in District 8 and incumbent Arjun Batra v George Casey in District 10. In District 4, incumbent David Cohen and Kansen Chu were the only primary election candidates.

In District 2, Joe Lopez held a comfortable position over four other candidates, but Pamela Campos, Babu Prasad and Vanessa Sandoval were in a tight battle for the second ballot position, less than 200 votes apart, as of March 8.

As expected, Mayor Matt Mahan easily won re-election, avoiding a November runoff with more than 87% of the ballots.

Candelas, who was appointed to the post last year, led Truong by fewer than 600 votes in District 8. Another city council appointee, Batra in District 10, trailed Casey by more than 360 votes at the vote-counting’s halfway mark.

Here are the details of the March 5 vote, with more votes being counted through March 12:


  • *Matt Mahan     98,237
  • Tyrone Wade    13,900

Council District 2

  • Joe Lopez     2,995
  • Pamela Campos  2,316
  • Babu Prasad    2,126
  • Vanessa Sandoval   1,849

Council District 4

  • *David Cohen  5,687
  • Kansen Chu    4,002

Council District 6

  • Michael Mulcahy   6,055
  • Olivia Navarro   4,441
  • Alex Shoor    2,405
  • Angelo Pasciuti 1,859

Council District 8

  • *Domingo Candelas  5,545
  • Tam Truong     4,855
  • Sukhdev Bainiwal   3,697
  • Surinder Dhaliwal    290

Council District 10

  • George Casey  5,865
  • *Arjun Batra     5,525
  • Lenka Wright   3,737

* Incumbent

barry holtzclaw, managing editor sanjoseinside
Barry Holtzclawhttp://sanjoseinside.com/
Three decades of journalism experience, as a writer and editor with Gannett, Knight-Ridder and Lee newspapers, as a business journal editor and publisher and as a weekly newspaper editor in Scotts Valley and Gilroy; with Weeklys Publishing since 2017. Recipient of several first-place writing and editing awards, California News Publishers Association.


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