Santa Clara election pits 49ers against rival NFL owner in Silicon Valley turf war

The race for mayor of Santa Clara has suddenly turned into a high-stakes political duel between rival NFL owners, with the future of the city in th...

September 16, 2022
8:14 AM

The race for mayor of Santa Clara has suddenly turned into a high-stakes political duel between rival NFL owners, with the future of the city in the balance. San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York finds himself facing a new opponent in the Silicon Valley city of less than 130,000, after companies owned by Miami Dolphins Chairman Stephen Ross contributed $100,000 on Sept. 14 to an independent committee backing Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor's re-election campaign. The 49ers initially contributed more than $368,000 to an independent committee supporting Anthony Becker, the City Council member challenging Gillmor in the mayor's race.

Lance Williams