In a move many expected, San Jose councilor Raul Peralez has officially launched his campaign to become the city’s next mayor.
Peralez, who has never been shy about expressing his ambitions to become mayor, is the first to publicly launch a campaign for the 2022 Mayor Race to replace Mayor Sam Liccardo, who then retires.
In a YouTube video titled “Why I’m Running for Mayor,” Peralez stated that he “wants to create a San Jose that works better for all of us today and for generations to come.”
“When we finally emerge from this pandemic, we have the opportunity to do things differently to improve the quality of life for all San Jose residents,” Peralez says in the video. “But we need the will and vision to think outside the box and pursue bold policies and programs that address the challenges and eliminate the inequalities we face.”
If elected, Peralez would become the third Mayor of Color in San Jose history. With the support of working groups, he would also be the first mayor elected from this camp in more than a decade. Mayor Liccardo and former Mayor Chuck Reed both received most of their support from corporate groups.
Councilor Sergio Jimenez, another worker-backed city guide, said Wednesday he plans to do everything in his power to ensure Peralez is successful.
“For the past 16 years, I think we’ve had mayors who have been mindful of business interests in everything they do, and while I understand that business is an important part of the citywide ecosystem, I think it is Time is due when we have a more balanced perspective, ”said Jimenez. “Raul has it. He brings lived experience and understands the challenges many of our residents face every day. “
Peralez was born and raised in San Jose. He served the city in a variety of roles for nearly two years: first as a medic, then as a policeman, and for the past seven years as a councilor for District 3, which includes downtown San Jose and Japantown. He also now sits on several regional and state boards and committees, including the Valley Transportation Authority and the Association of Bay Area Governments.
Peralez received a degree in mathematics from San Jose State University. From there he became a substitute teacher at the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall. When the state budget crisis lowered his teaching prospects, he became a medic. That job and his active involvement in the Latino Roundtable political group linked him with former San Jose Police Chief Rob Davis, who encouraged him to apply to the Police Academy.
Peralez was a San Jose police officer for eight years but was forced to retire after winning the District 3 race in 2014. The city prohibits working as both a paid cop and councilor – or essentially collecting two paychecks from the city. He was re-elected to the council in 2018 after running for the seat unchallenged.
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SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 6: From left, San Jose Councilor Magdalena Carrasco, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Jay Paul, Jay Paul Company President, and Councilor Raul Peralez take a photo at the groundbreaking ceremony 200 Park Ave in downtown San Jose, California on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The Jay Paul Co.-constructed skyscraper is expected to be the tallest building in the downtown area. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group) Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group