June 4, 2020

The Current State of Politics in San Jose CA

By Chad Cole
san jose city hall

The politics in San Jose, CA, is considered liberal. Meanwhile, the presidential election for 2020 is approaching. It diverts the attention of the public on what will be the outcome. San Jose California also supports the Democratic Party.

As San Jose turns Democratic generally, the conservative democrats can be rare in places they used to be. On the other hand, No Party Preference voters or independents lean on more Republican in some parts of the state. However, there are still issues with their geographic patterns.

  • In most places, there is a warm support for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
  • The concerns on the housing cost can divide the interior and coast, though citizens are concerned in most parts of the state.
  • The citizens in California from coast and interior feel that they have too high taxes. In addition, most of the people in the state believe that immigrants are advantages to the state.

Even though the Democratic Party’s support has improved, opinion on some policy problems continues to grow more polarized in some parts of the state. It suggests that registering eligible residents to vote can be moderate the stronger partisan areas.

These days, San Jose is widely considered as a solidly Democratic state. Almost statewide elected officers are Democrats like the governor and United States senators. The last elected Republican statewide was back in 2006.

state capitol building
California State Capitol

Furthermore, Democrats also hold the supermajorities in the legislature chambers. They also represent 7 state out of the 53 congressional districts. In fact, Democrat Hillary Clinton had a landslide win of 62% presidential votes compared to Donald Trump of the Republican party way back in 2016. The state is not always Democratic, and Republican for president is voted for many years. Overtime, Republican dominates Democratic.

Meanwhile, California accepted applications for a rent relief program to help people during this pandemic. On the other hand, the son of Hugh, Cooper Hefner, reveals that he will run for the state senate. He stated that he would run for the California Senate seat in 2022. Based on his exploratory committee, he will run as Democrat in the 30th Senate District. He was the Playboy’s Chief Creative Officer between 2016 and 2019. He filled the role of his father until his retirement. In an interview, Hefner stated that he decided to run because of his advocacy and desire for public service. He stated that it is important for him to know the difference between being a public servant and a career politician. He is also interested in working and advocating for the people.

Hefner said that he would get into politics because he is concerned about government institutions and the community. His experience in national and local NGOs, he developed an organizational strategy. He believes that working to serve the people and deliver innovative solutions to community problems was the right road for him.

In this political news, some critics stated that there would be some problems in his candidacy. Some pointed to his platform where he shows his learnings toward job growth, healthcare, public safety, homelessness, housing, and more.