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Early election returns Tuesday showed San Jose City Council member Kansen Chu, a Democrat, with a small lead in the five-candidate race for the 25th Assembly District. (Nhat V. Meyer/Staff Archives)

Election returns just after midnight Wednesday showed San Jose City Council member Kansen Chu, a Democrat, holding his lead over Republican Bob Brunton, a longtime Ohlone College board member, in the five-candidate race for the 25th Assembly District.

Chu had nearly 32 percent of the vote, followed by Brunton with nearly 24 percent.

Trailing them were Teresa Cox, a Silicon Valley company executive and Ohlone College board member and Armando Gomez, a Milpitas councilman and San Jose mayor's office budget director, each with more than 16 percent of the vote and Craig Steckler, a retired Fremont police chief with about 12 percent.

The vote showed Chu leading in the Santa Clara County portion of the district and in fourth place in the Alameda County portion, but holding the overall lead. Brunton was leading in the Alameda County portion of the district.

The 25th Assembly District covers North San Jose, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Berryessa and Alviso in Santa Clara County and south Fremont and Newark in Alameda County.

The top two finishers will face off in November's general election.

The race has no incumbent. The 25th District's current representative, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, is running for the state Senate.

Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011 or follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.



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