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Jonsen declares victory in sheriff's race, but Jensen doesn't concede

Original post made on Nov 19, 2022

Former Palo Alto police Chief Robert "Bob" Jonsen declared victory in a tight race with Kevin Jensen for Santa Clara County sheriff on Friday evening, but Jensen said he isn't conceding yet.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 18, 2022, 7:34 PM

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2022 at 10:00 am

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In local races, a close race can swing suddenly because pockets of voters may be more for one candidate or the other. A very close race would trigger an automatic recount, wouldn’t it?

The good news is that this race is probably close because the candidates are both very good and will do a great job for the public no matter who wins. My gratitude to both candidates for their service to the public.


Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 21, 2022 at 10:17 am

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The issue of transparency is critical as police departments everywhere tackle necessary reforms. Jonsen had a very public opportunity to show Palo Altans where he stands on this when he supported encryption. This worries me.

And I think Jensen is correct that the similarity of the surnames hurt his campaign.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 21, 2022 at 10:41 am

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Yes, the similarity of the names is a factor, as was the endorsement of the San Jose Mercury News which was too lazy to check the coverage and endorsements of the 2 local Palo Alto papers.

Since this is only one example of their sloppiness, I did some exploring and one of their SJM's reporters responded in detail about how that now that they're owned by a hedge fund, they no longer have fact checkers or even a local editor.


Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 21, 2022 at 11:13 am

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' . . . now that they're owned by a hedge fund, they no longer have fact checkers or even a local editor."

So why would anyone rely on the SJMN for news?


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Nov 21, 2022 at 11:35 am

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Is "blame the surname" going to be added to "blame the victim, the mother and the media" Triple Crown? When you run for office, your run on your own merit. Nothing more, nothing less. The votes are counted, you except the results and you move on like a mature adult. It's easy to do if you're a reasonable person.


Posted by White Senior fears Palo Alto Police
a resident of Professorville
on Nov 21, 2022 at 12:02 pm

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Bob Jonsen is anything but transparent. He is Mr. Opaque. I am so happy he is no longer Palo Alto Police Chief. He is unfit to be the Sheriff. At best, he will be a slight improvement compared to Laurie Smith.

Kevin Jensen is the far better candidate. I blame the Mercury News for sloppy work in recommending Jonsen over Jensen. Let's hope that when all the votes are counted, Jonsen is no longer in the lead.


Posted by W. Reller
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 21, 2022 at 3:19 pm

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Bob jonsen will be a great sheriff!


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