CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Rep. Mike Honda rolled out a list of four South Bay mayors Monday pledging support for his campaign in next year’s intraparty rematch with Ro Khanna in the Seventeenth Congressional District.
The endorsements cover cities representing a sizable portion of the South Bay and Alameda County congressional district. They include Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison, Newark Mayor Al Nagy, Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews, and Sunnyvale Mayor Jim Griffith.
“Fremont is lucky to have Mike in Congress,” Harrison said in a press release, in addition, to noting Honda’s help in bringing federal funding for the new Warm Springs BART station in Fremont. Nagy, the long-time mayor of Newark, added, "We need Mike Honda's voice in Congress.
Harrison’s inclusion as the first mayor named in the release, followed by Nagy, may speak to the importance of the Tri Cities area in next year's election, which includes Fremont, Union City and Newark. The area favored Khanna in the 2014 election. Voters in this northern portion of the district were also relatively new to Honda after redistricting in 2010. Khanna lives in Fremont.
In September, Khanna received the endorsement from the mayor of the district’s biggest city in San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. The announcement also includes support for Khanna from Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen and County Assessor Larry Stone.
Monday’s announcement follows a slew of somewhat overblown media reports in October that portrayed endorsements for Khanna from two South Bay Democrats who had backed Honda in 2014 as hints that cracks exist within Honda’s local support.
Meanwhile, as the early going of this race focuses on the divvying of local endorsements, an ongoing investigation by the House Ethics Committee into allegations Honda’s previous re-election campaigns commingled its work with the official congressional office continues to hovers over this race. It’s findings will likely shape the race through November.