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Election 2022: Key Races to Watch in and around San Jose

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San Jose voters will decide on several key races this election including selecting the mayor, several city council members and the county sheriff. In the mayoral race, county supervisor Cindy Chavez and city council member Matt Mahan are competing to lead the nation’s 10th largest city. At the county level, voters will select a replacement for Sheriff Laurie Smith, who is not running for reelection amid grand jury allegations of misconduct and an ongoing investigation into cases of abuse at county jails. As part of KQED’s politics team’s takeover of Forum this week, we’ll talk about the candidates and the issues dominating the races – including housing, homelessness and crime – and we’ll take your election questions.


Garrick Percival, professor and department chair, Department of Political Science, San Jose State University

Guy Marzorati, reporter and producer, KQED's California Politics and Government Desk

Alex Shoor, executive director and co-founder, Catalyze SV, a nonprofit focused on creating sustainable, equitable, and vibrant places for people in Silicon Valley

Trân Nguyễn, investigative reporter, San Jose Spotlight, and Report For America Corps Member


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