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2014 San Jose mayoral election

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2014 San Jose mayoral election
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Candidate Sam Liccardo Dave Cortese Madison Nguyen
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
First-round vote 33,521 43,887 26,365
First-round percentage 25.75% 33.72% 20.26%
Second-round vote 91,840 89,090
Second-round percentage 50.76% 49.24%

Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio (1).jpg
Candidate Pierluigi Oliverio Rose Herrera
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
First-round vote 13,197 7,950
First-round percentage 10.14% 6.11%

Mayor before election

Chuck Reed

Elected Mayor

Sam Liccardo

The 2014 San Jose mayoral election was held on June 3, 2014 to elect the Mayor of San Jose, California. Councilmember Sam Liccardo defeated Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese in a runoff on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Democratic Mayor Chuck Reed was term-limited and could not run for re-election to a third term in office.

The election is nonpartisan per California state law, although most of the candidates chose to state a political party affiliation. A primary election was held on June 3, 2014. As no candidate received a majority of the vote, a runoff election was held between the top two vote-getters, Dave Cortese and Sam Liccardo, on November 4, 2014.[1] Licardo was elected mayor with a majority of the vote.




  • Pete Constant, San Jose City Councilman[3]
  • Andrew Abe Diaz, perennial candidate[4]
  • Louis Garza[4]
  • Susan Marsland (running for San Jose City Council)[4]
  • Larry Rouse[4]
  • David Wall, candidate for Santa Clara County Supervisor in 2013 and for San Jose City Council in 1998[4]
  • David Warner, candidate for San Jose City Council in 2004[4]


  • Pat Waite, businessman and candidate for San Jose City Council in 2008[2]
  • Forrest Williams, former San Jose City Councilman and candidate for Santa Clara County Supervisor in 2010[5]

Primary election

The primary election saw a total of ten candidates on the ballot, including Dave Cortese, a Santa Clara County Supervisor and former San Jose City Councilmember, as well as four sitting San Jose City Councilmembers: Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, Sam Liccardo, Rose herrera, and Pierluigi Oliverio.

The political climate of the race was influenced by an ongoing dispute between representatives of the City's labor force and Mayor Chuck Reed, stemming from a 2012 ballot initiative championed by Reed to restructure San Jose City employee pensions. Dave Cortese received the full endorsement and support of the politically powerful South Bay Labor Council, while the four sitting Councilmembers, having supported Mayor Reed's pension reform initiative, were described as "Reed loyalists."[6] This ideological polarization was present not just in San Jose's mayoral election, but in a number of City Council races as well.[7]

As part of his campaign, Councilmember Liccardo authored a book in which he assessed the issues facing San Jose and offered his own vision for the City. On May 2, the Editorial Board of the San Jose Mercury News endorsed Liccardo for Mayor, citing the book as well as his record on the Council.[8]


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Michael Alfred
Other Undecided
SurveyUSA May 15–21, 2014 461 ± 4.7% 3% 3% 26% 1% 7% 20% 11% 8% 22%


Mayoral primary results, June 3, 2014[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Dave Cortese 43,887 33.72
Nonpartisan Sam Liccardo 33,521 25.75
Nonpartisan Madison Nguyen 26,365 20.26
Nonpartisan Pierluigi C. Oliverio 13,197 10.14
Nonpartisan Rose Herrera 7,950 6.11
Nonpartisan Mike Alvarado 1,959 1.51
Nonpartisan Timothy Harrison 1,715 1.32
Nonpartisan Bill Chew 1,563 1.20
Total votes 130,157 100

Runoff election


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
SurveyUSA October 20–23, 2014 540 ± 4.3% 44% 38% 19%
San Jose State University October 12–16, 2014 571 ± 4.1% 34% 26% 40%


Mayoral election results, November 4, 2014[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Sam Liccardo 91,840 50.76
Nonpartisan Dave Cortese 89,090 49.24
Total votes 180,930 100


  1. ^ "Cortese, Liccardo in runoff for San Jose mayor". KTVU. June 4, 2014. Archived from the original on June 8, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "San Jose mayor and council races deadline passes: see who's in". San Jose Mercury News. March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "San Jose mayor's race: only Republican candidate drops out". San Jose Mercury News. January 14, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Constant Joins Nguyen in 2014 Mayor's Race; Liccardo Also Expected to File". San Jose Inside. August 9, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  5. ^ "Internal Affairs: Dave Cortese says Forrest Williams won't run for mayor". San Jose Inside. February 8, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "San Jose mayoral election: Wild, jampacked race begins". San Jose Inside. December 4, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "Balance of power at San Jose City Hall at stake in Tuesday's election". San Jose Mercury News. October 31, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  8. ^ "Mercury News editorial: Sam Liccardo for San Jose mayor". San Jose Mercury News. May 2, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  9. ^ "Santa Clara - Election Results". Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. June 30, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  10. ^ "Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters - Election Results, Mayor, City of San Jose". November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  11. ^ Rosenberg, Mike (November 14, 2014). "No recount set in close San Jose mayor's race after speculation". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
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