San Jose 2022 mayoral candidates try to shed business, labor labels

Though the San Jose mayoral election is eight months away, it’s already shaping up to be a competitive primary as well-known and established contenders enter the race, looking to blur the line between business and labor interests that have long divided South Bay politics.

That became apparent when early front-runner Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, a longtime labor leader, announced her candidacy this week standing alongside Carl Guardino, a registered business lobbyist and former head of the influential Silicon Valley Leadership Group — a largely unexpected duo.

“I appreciate that for some, there’s this desire to simplify it in a way that creates good guys and bad guys,” Chavez said in an interview after launching her campaign Thursday night. “But the problems are so complex that we all have to be able to work together or we’re not going to be able to address the issues that are so pressing.”

As of this week, Chavez, whose…

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