Four candidates for two San Jose City Council seats will face off in a Nov. 6 runoff election. In District 8, which includes the Evergreen area east of Highway 101, incumbent Rose Herrera is facing a re-election challenge from attorney and political newcomer Jimmy Nguyen.

In District 10 which includes the Almaden and Blossom Valley area, high school sports personality Robert Braunstein and financial adviser Johnny Khamis are competing to replace termed-out incumbent Nancy Pyle.

Here are snapshots of the candidates and their campaigns.

Rose Herrera

Age: 59

Occupation: San Jose city councilwoman, District 8

Politics: Her standing with Mayor Chuck Reed on pension reforms and other cuts to city worker pay and perks -- reforms they said were needed to avoid deeper layoffs -- drew the wrath of public employee unions. Though she far outpaced two re-election challengers in June primary, her 48 percent finish fell short of the majority needed to avoid the November runoff.

Campaign website: www.roseforsanjose.com

Jimmy Nguyen

Age: 35

Occupation: Attorney and mediator.

Politics: A political novice, Nguyen edged out veteran East Side Union High School District trustee Patricia Martinez-Roach in the June primary for the right to challenge District 8 incumbent Rose Herrera in November. With his opposition to Mayor Chuck Reed's pension reform Measure B, he benefited from independent anti-Herrera campaigning by her union foes.


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Campaign website: www.votejimmynguyen.com

Johnny Khamis

Age: 44

Occupation: Chief executive officer of consulting firm Western Benefit Solutions and a financial adviser.

Politics: Khamis finished first in a field of six candidates in the June primary to replace termed-out District 10 councilwoman Nancy Pyle, campaigning as a conservative and solid ally of Mayor Chuck Reed and his pension and fiscal reforms.

Campaign website: www.johnnykhamis.org

Robert Braunstein

Age: 54

Occupation: TV sports broadcaster for Annabelle Productions, Cal-Hi Sports.

Politics: Finished one vote behind Johnny Khamis in the June primary to replace termed-out District 10 Councilwoman Nancy Pyle, a swing vote who has endorsed him.

Campaign website: www.voterobert2012.com/