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City CouncilMayor Rich Tran withdraws from City Council race

Mayor Rich Tran withdraws from City Council race

Mayor Rich Tran has withdrawn from the 2022 Milpitas City Council race after announcing his candidacy late last year and then proceeding to actively and publicly support his Council opponents.

Today, August 17, marked the close of the Nomination Period for all Council candidates, and the day ended with Tran having withdrawn from the race.

Tran, who’s in his third consecutive term as mayor and who spurred a breakthrough in Milpitas politics by bringing the game to social media, was widely seen as wanting to maintain continuity on the City Council despite no longer maintaining his mayoral role. However, with this new development, the Milpitas City Council is guaranteed to no longer bear a seat for Rich Tran for the first time since 2016. 

In an interview with The Beat, Tran said, “I’ve been praying on the decision of whether to continue working on the City Council or not…” 

He described the opportunity to serve as “incredible,” naming Vice Mayor Carmen Montano and Councilmember Evelyn Chua as standout colleagues. “On the other hand,” Tran said, “I’ve been working 24/7…It’s an opportunity for a timeout, to sit on the bench and take a breather.” 

He recalls his early days as mayor, when he would be in the office ‘til 2am, trying to solve problems. “I don’t know what I’m gonna do when I get out of office. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do in various aspects of my life that I’ve missed out on.”

Namely: placing a higher priority on “faith, family, and friends.” 

As to his support for the other Council candidates, Tran said, “For many elections now, I’ve endorsed and supported multiple City Council candidates. This year is no different…My 19,000 supporters, I will let them know which two candidates I’m voting for.”

The official candidates in the race are Dipak Awasthi, Garry Barbadillo, Juliette Gomez, Hon Lien, Demetress Morris, Isaac Stringer, and Michael Tsai. Tran has publicly supported Awasthi, Barbadillo, Gomez, and Lien out on the trail.

Election Day is on November 8.

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


  1. He hasn’t been praying on anything, this is exactly what he had planed to do the whole time. I even said this way back on July 24th he would pull out before the 18th, when the money was due. He played everyone for the attention for as long as he could.

  2. might actually be a good move if your views align with moderates. Most of the top running candidates are moderate/centrist and not ultra-liberals like Dominguez and Phan. Tran can take a breather and run against Phan/Dominguez when they seek re-election and Milpitas politics may have a chance to become relevant again

  3. Rich Tran did an spectacular job this 6 years for the city and our residents, despite all the disrespectful attack from the two ultra liberal clowns and it’s lab dogs , hard to imagine what will our city be like if these two clowns incharge of our city

  4. j-dog and ss, you both use name-calling (ultra-liberals, liberal clowns) without any specifics to back up such labels. You are probably saying the same thing about President Biden. If I were to call Mayor Tran the one-minute Mayor, I could back that up by pointing to the start of Public Comment times when he seems to always limit public input to just one minute. That is the way to usefully do name-calling, otherwise you sound like whiners to me.


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