How Sam Liccardo Plans To Influence 2022 Elections

Mayor Sam Liccardo may be leaving San Jose City Hall next year, but the longtime politician isn’t ready to give up power.

Liccardo and his chief of staff Jim Reed confirmed forming the PAC. They said the group has big plans for Silicon Valley politics, and is still working to establish a board and its bylaws. Liccardo’s group raised nearly half a million dollars to support his favored political candidates — in one day.

The city’s top lawmaker wants to have his finger on the pulse of the City Council—and even potentially pick his replacement. Liccardo formed a political action committee in late October to influence the consequential elections next year, San José Spotlight has learned. The committee is called “Common Good Silicon Valley, supported by Mayor Sam Liccardo,” documents filed with the city and the Secretary of State show.