News

In Santa Clara County sheriff's race, Jensen gains the most monetary contributions

Four top candidates are supported by a broad range of law enforcement, real estate and civic leaders

From left, this year's Santa Clara County sheriff candidates are Sean Allen, Kevin Jensen, Bob Jonsen and Christine Nagaye. Contributed photos.

When it comes to campaign war chests, Santa Clara County sheriff candidate Kevin Jensen is outrunning the pack fivefold, according to state campaign contribution filings.

Jensen, a retired sheriff's captain who lost in 2014 against incumbent Laurie Smith, has amassed more than $156,000 in contributions to his campaign compared to amounts that range between $41,000 and $66,000 for the other three closest contenders.

Jensen's campaign has received $121,025 in monetary contributions, $29,102 in loans and $6,150 in nonmonetary contributions. He has expended $67,020 and has an ending cash balance of $124,593.58, according to his campaign finance filings. (Candidates can roll over contributions from previous campaigns.)

Jensen's campaign is further bolstered by more than $68,600 in support from mailers and canvassing by the independent committee United Today for a Better Tomorrow Supporting Jensen for Sheriff, Rosen for District Attorney and Rossi for Supervisor 2022, sponsored by law enforcement and labor organizations, according to the organization's public filings.

United Today is sponsored by the County Employee Management Association, Deputy Sheriff Association of Santa Clara County Political Action Committee and the Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers Association. These three associations have contributed $180,000 to United Today to support Jensen, incumbent District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Claudia Rossi, a registered nurse and county Board of Education member who is running for the District 1 county Board of Supervisors seat. United Today has invested another $68,600 to advertise its support for Rosen and more than $14,000 to support Rossi, according to its public filings.

Help sustain the local news you depend on.

Your contribution matters. Become a member today.

Join

Among the other sheriff candidates, Palo Alto police Chief Bob Jonsen has raised $66,009 this year to date, including $41,009 in cash contributions and $25,000 in loans. He has expended $90,882 ($57,005 in cash payments and $33,877 in accrued, unpaid bills) and had an ending cash balance of $9,003.

Sheriff's Sgt. Christine Nagaye has a total of $41,600, which includes $1,600 in monetary contributions and a $40,000 loan. She has spent $5,643 and has an ending balance of $41,540.

Correctional officer Sgt. Sean Allen has a total in cash contributions of $43,900, including $25,900 in monetary contributions and $18,000 in loans. He has spent $32,217 with an ending cash balance of $11,682.

Ahn Colton, a mother who also is running for sheriff, has not filed an electronic campaign contributions statement and her supporters are unknown.

Who is supporting or endorsing the candidates?

Jensen has broad support (monetary contributors) and endorsements (those who haven't necessarily given donations, but back the candidate) from law enforcement, including individuals, retired deputies, retired police chiefs in Atherton, Gilroy, Los Altos and Mountain View, and retired Palo Alto police chiefs Dennis Burns and Lynne Johnson; the County Employee Management Association, Deputy Sheriffs Association of Santa Clara County PAC, the Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers Association, the Santa Clara County Firefighters Local 1165 PAC, Palo Alto Human Relations Commissioner Daryl Savage and small businesses and realtors, according to his campaign contributions statement and website.

Stay informed

Get the latest local news and information sent straight to your inbox.

Stay informed

Get the latest local news and information sent straight to your inbox.

Jonsen's supporters and endorsements include multiple Palo Alto-based mortgage brokers and real estate developers; Palo Alto City Council members Alison Cormack and Eric Filseth; Menlo Park City Council members Catherine Carlson, Kirsten Keith and Ray Mueller; retired police chiefs Tuck Younis of Los Altos and Dave Bertini of Menlo Park; multiple retired police chiefs and law enforcement officers; the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club; and members of the Palo Alto and Menlo Park advisory groups, according to his campaign contributions statement and his website.

Nagaye's supporters and endorsements include the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley; Progressive Democrats for Social Justice; the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Planned Parenthood; multiple sheriff's deputies and local residents and small business owners, according to her website.

Allen's endorsements and supporters include retired sheriff's deputies; the Rev. Jethro Moore, chaplain of Buffalo Soldiers, Silicon Valley; and multiple retired persons and individuals, according to his campaign contributions statement and website.

Sue Dremann is a veteran journalist who joined the Palo Alto Weekly in 2001. She is a breaking news and general assignment reporter who also covers the regional environmental, health and crime beats. Read more >>

Follow Palo Alto Online and the Palo Alto Weekly on Twitter @paloaltoweekly, Facebook and on Instagram @paloaltoonline for breaking news, local events, photos, videos and more.

Stay informed on important law enforcement news. Sign up for our FREE daily Express newsletter.

In Santa Clara County sheriff's race, Jensen gains the most monetary contributions

Four top candidates are supported by a broad range of law enforcement, real estate and civic leaders

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, May 11, 2022, 9:56 am

When it comes to campaign war chests, Santa Clara County sheriff candidate Kevin Jensen is outrunning the pack fivefold, according to state campaign contribution filings.

Jensen, a retired sheriff's captain who lost in 2014 against incumbent Laurie Smith, has amassed more than $156,000 in contributions to his campaign compared to amounts that range between $41,000 and $66,000 for the other three closest contenders.

Jensen's campaign has received $121,025 in monetary contributions, $29,102 in loans and $6,150 in nonmonetary contributions. He has expended $67,020 and has an ending cash balance of $124,593.58, according to his campaign finance filings. (Candidates can roll over contributions from previous campaigns.)

Jensen's campaign is further bolstered by more than $68,600 in support from mailers and canvassing by the independent committee United Today for a Better Tomorrow Supporting Jensen for Sheriff, Rosen for District Attorney and Rossi for Supervisor 2022, sponsored by law enforcement and labor organizations, according to the organization's public filings.

United Today is sponsored by the County Employee Management Association, Deputy Sheriff Association of Santa Clara County Political Action Committee and the Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers Association. These three associations have contributed $180,000 to United Today to support Jensen, incumbent District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Claudia Rossi, a registered nurse and county Board of Education member who is running for the District 1 county Board of Supervisors seat. United Today has invested another $68,600 to advertise its support for Rosen and more than $14,000 to support Rossi, according to its public filings.

Among the other sheriff candidates, Palo Alto police Chief Bob Jonsen has raised $66,009 this year to date, including $41,009 in cash contributions and $25,000 in loans. He has expended $90,882 ($57,005 in cash payments and $33,877 in accrued, unpaid bills) and had an ending cash balance of $9,003.

Sheriff's Sgt. Christine Nagaye has a total of $41,600, which includes $1,600 in monetary contributions and a $40,000 loan. She has spent $5,643 and has an ending balance of $41,540.

Correctional officer Sgt. Sean Allen has a total in cash contributions of $43,900, including $25,900 in monetary contributions and $18,000 in loans. He has spent $32,217 with an ending cash balance of $11,682.

Ahn Colton, a mother who also is running for sheriff, has not filed an electronic campaign contributions statement and her supporters are unknown.

Jensen has broad support (monetary contributors) and endorsements (those who haven't necessarily given donations, but back the candidate) from law enforcement, including individuals, retired deputies, retired police chiefs in Atherton, Gilroy, Los Altos and Mountain View, and retired Palo Alto police chiefs Dennis Burns and Lynne Johnson; the County Employee Management Association, Deputy Sheriffs Association of Santa Clara County PAC, the Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers Association, the Santa Clara County Firefighters Local 1165 PAC, Palo Alto Human Relations Commissioner Daryl Savage and small businesses and realtors, according to his campaign contributions statement and website.

Jonsen's supporters and endorsements include multiple Palo Alto-based mortgage brokers and real estate developers; Palo Alto City Council members Alison Cormack and Eric Filseth; Menlo Park City Council members Catherine Carlson, Kirsten Keith and Ray Mueller; retired police chiefs Tuck Younis of Los Altos and Dave Bertini of Menlo Park; multiple retired police chiefs and law enforcement officers; the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club; and members of the Palo Alto and Menlo Park advisory groups, according to his campaign contributions statement and his website.

Nagaye's supporters and endorsements include the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley; Progressive Democrats for Social Justice; the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Planned Parenthood; multiple sheriff's deputies and local residents and small business owners, according to her website.

Allen's endorsements and supporters include retired sheriff's deputies; the Rev. Jethro Moore, chaplain of Buffalo Soldiers, Silicon Valley; and multiple retired persons and individuals, according to his campaign contributions statement and website.

Comments

felix
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 11, 2022 at 5:42 pm
felix, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on May 11, 2022 at 5:42 pm

No surprise Jensen’s been given the big donations since so many sheriff and police unions back him. Unions that notoriously oppose more accountability and transparency by law enforcement locally and in Sacramento. There’s a reason they back him - don’t vote for him.
Jonsen offers no better alternative given his sorry track record of dialing back transparency at every turn while lawsuits pile up in Palo Alto.
Vote Allen. Best choice overall.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Post a comment

In order to encourage respectful and thoughtful discussion, commenting on stories is available to those who are registered users. If you are already a registered user and the commenting form is not below, you need to log in. If you are not registered, you can do so here.

Please make sure your comments are truthful, on-topic and do not disrespect another poster. Don't be snarky or belittling. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

See our announcement about requiring registration for commenting.