Last summer, Vice Mayor Carmen Montano announced that she would be running for Mayor of Milpitas in 2022.
As of late, no one else has thrown their hat into the ring for this year’s mayoral race.
However, several community members have reached out to The Beat after noticing that the URL carmenmontano.com redirected to the website standwithphan.com, Councilmember Anthony Phan’s campaign donation site, registered in August 2020.
“I was recently informed by several residents that Milpitas Councilmember Anthony Phan has ‘purchased’ a domain under my name ‘carmenmontano.com’ to deceive the public,” wrote Vice Mayor Montano in a Letter to the Editor to The Beat. “When the public does a public search to reach out to me, it goes directly to Anthony Phan’s website instead of carmenmontano4mayor.com.
“This behavior is unethical, intrusive, and evasive. There is no ‘reasonable’ purpose for this ‘Identity Theft.’ My name is my identity! My person! My being!”
The Beat looked into the URL in question and confirmed that carmenmontano.com did lead to a fundraising page for Councilmember Anthony Phan.
As of press time, however, the fundraising page appears to have been vacated, leaving an empty website in its place.
When The Beat caught up with Anthony Phan by text to address the matter, he wrote, “Quite frankly I’m surprised that a mayoral candidate running to represent Silicon Valley would fail to register a domain name of all things. It’s basic digital competency.”
Although Vice Mayor Montano never registered the domain of her own name, she does currently have a website up for her mayoral campaign, which is located at carmenmontano4mayor.com.
In regard to whether or not Phan himself plans on running for Mayor this year, he replied, “Dozens of community members have urged me to run for Mayor. And while I am strongly considering it, I have no announcement to make at this time.”
Montano’s full Letter to the Editor can be found here.