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Local Silicon Valley Politicos Endorse House Democrat Mike Honda

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 9 2013

More than a 100 local political leaders in Silicon Valley and Northern California issued endorsements of incumbent House Democrat Mike Honda Tuesday. They include the mayors of nine local cities ranging from Campbell, Fremont, Oakland, San Francisco, and Sunnyvale, and dozens of city council members in Congressional District 17 (Oakland and San Francisco are not in the district.) Honda is being challenged by the Obama administration's former Commerce Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Ro Khanna, who for his part has the support of many high profile people in the tech industry.

One indicator of how divided the community is: Honda has the endorsement of the Vice Mayor of Cupertino Gilbert Wong, and former Mayor Patrick Kwok. But Cupertino's current Mayor Orrin Mahoney has endorsed Khanna, as has Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves.

By some measures, Silicon Valley seems to be insulated from the economic slump that has hit the rest of the country, but as detailed by the tech entrepreneur Hank Nothhaft in his book "Great Again," the area faces its own economic development challenges, such as a collapsing middle class, and the movement of semiconductor fabs and renewable energy manufacturing to China and other states in the United States. These are the challenges that locals are looking to political leaders to address.