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News - October 21, 2022

Accusations fly in Santa Clara County sheriff's race

Candidate Bob Jonsen claims his opponent engaged in 'quid pro quo.' Kevin Jensen says Jonsen has support from current Sheriff Laurie Smith, who faces civil corruption charges

by Sue Dremann

Candidates in the race to become the next Santa Clara County sheriff are taking the gloves off as Nov. 8 approaches, both claiming the other is engaged in questionable ethical practices in pursuit of the top office.

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Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2022 at 12:10 pm

Novelera is a registered user.

Am I the only one struggling with the similarity in the names of the two candidates? I am leaning toward Bob Jonsen, but struggle reading positions since their names confuse me!

Posted by John Galt
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2022 at 4:31 pm

John Galt is a registered user.

Why is Bob Jonsen the first person to report a text from Christine Nagaye about Kevin Jensen? Why is Christine Nagaye and Bob Jonsen in contact at all? Do they have a quod pro quo? How does that work?

Posted by Michael Jones
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2022 at 6:10 pm

Michael Jones is a registered user.


Just curious why you are leaning toward Jonsen? Yes their names are very similar but are completely different candidates. One is very politically driven then other is looking to make real change.

Posted by Derrick
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 20, 2022 at 9:37 am

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There’s a reason Bob Jonsen was so quickly replaced at PAPD when he decided to run for sheriff. PAPD didn’t want him back if he lost. There’s a reason so many PAPD officers left for other departments. Those numbers are a small fraction compared to the number of sheriff officers that have left. Over 45 officers have left the sheriff’s office in the last two years, due to the current administration. The sheriff officers have been begging the public for help with a change for over 15 years. They need help with a complete cultural change, not more of the same. They need Kevin Jensen.

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