With the ardent support of the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Chuck Reed, Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, a host of wealthy PACs as well as the endorsement of the Mercury News, it was quite a suprise to see that Tam Truong would not make it to the run-off (Based on the results from over half of the precincts counted). Many people predicted that with 25% of the registered voters are Vietnamese-Americans, Tam Truong would at least do better than 38%, especially when Rafael Sabic is taking away Kansen Chu's base.
The strategy was of course to put in a three-way race for it is usually difficult for any one candidate to win a majority in such a field. However, the voters in District 4 is a smart bunch and they could smell something funny. Tam Truong is actually a good candidate, much better than the ill-fated Hon Lien. He just needs to be a little bit more seasoned and really the sky is the limit for a young and talented candidate like himself. LSI can see him running for school board, bid his time and run for city council in District 4 in another 4 years from now. Councilmember Truong does have a nice ring to it.
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