Rumor has been floating around for the last 2 months that California State Senator Jim Beall thinking about running for mayor in 2022. His senatorial term will expire in 2020 and at 67 years old, he has a lot left in politics. Beall has been a politician for most of his life starting out as one of the youngest councilmen in San Jose City Council when he was elected at 28 years old.
This unexpected development could make an interesting show down with Cindy Chavez, the current Santa Clara County supervisor. The convention wisdom whispers that a "succession plan" in discussion between San Jose power brokers has Mayor Sam Liccardo running for US congress in 2022, most likely for the current seat of Zoe Lofgren if she ever retires, and Cindy Chavez for the mayoral seat.
The popular politician has served in every elected local position except mayor. If this is true and he has a successful election, it will be a nice cap to a remarkable career in public office.