Chamber: No Favorite for Santa Clara DA

With the June 6 primary just two months away, endorsements for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s race are still flooding in. But there’s at least one organization that has refused to put its seal of approval on any of the four candidates.

The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce released a statement last month saying that the candidates — Assistant DA Marc Buller, Superior Court Judge Dolores Carr, Deputy DA James Shore and Chief Assistant DA Karyn Sinunu — all left “positive impressions.? But none ended up receiving the two-thirds vote needed to receive an endorsement from the chamber.

In the race for San Jose City Council, the chamber did endorse Samuel “Sam? Liccardo, a deputy DA who took a leave from his job in February to run for political office.

Liccardo, 35, is running to replace Cindy Chavez, who is leaving her post as vice mayor on the San Jose City Council to run for mayor.

“He is a fresh face, and this is a great opportunity to bring progressive ideas to the city council,? Chamber President and CEO Pat Dando said in a prepared statement.

Liccardo’s family name carries a lot of clout in the South Bay legal scene. His father, Salvador Liccardo, made a name for himself in the ’60s and ’70s doing consumer litigation work.

— Julie O’Shea

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