Explosive device found outside Bay Area politician’s home

An explosive device was found outside the home of a local councilor and mayoral candidate, police said.

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An explosive device was found outside a bay area the home of a councilwoman and a former mayoral candidate, prompting an evacuation of the surrounding area.

San Jose City Council member Dev Davis and his family were forced to evacuate their home on Tuesday morning after a neighbor found a suspicious device near her home. The device, found on the street outside Davis’ home, also forced neighbors to evacuate.

Police arrived at the scene shortly before 8 a.m. on Tuesday. A police bomb squad confirmed the device was explosive, a San Jose spokesperson told SFGATE; it was removed this afternoon.

Davis, who is running for mayor of San Jose, won 10.8% of the vote in last week’s primary to replace incumbent mayor Sam Liccardo. Liccardo is relieved of his duties this year. Davis was first elected to city council in 2016; she was re-elected in 2020.

“Losing the primary last week on Tuesday was disappointing,” Davis said in a facebook post wednesday. “Yesterday put that loss into perspective. My family and I are safe, and that will always mean more to me than anything else.

An investigation into the case is ongoing and it remains unclear whether Davis was targeted, a San Jose police spokesperson told SFGATE.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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