Sheriff Greg Munks wins third term

A third term as San Mateo County's top law enforcement officer is ahead for Sheriff Greg Munks. It was unlikely to have worked out any other way: Mr. Munks was the only name listed for that office on the ballot, as was true when he ran for re-election in 2010.

But Mr. Munks was not unopposed this time.

Juan Lopez, a deputy with 26 years in the same Sheriff's Office led by Mr. Munks since 2006, ran a last-minute write-in campaign against his boss.

With all 475 precincts reporting Tuesday night, Mr. Munks received 100 percent of the vote, a total of 51,024.

San Mateo County elections official David Tom said Tuesday night that write-in votes are tallied at the end of the counting process. Many votes, including mail-in ballots dropped off at polling places on Tuesday, have yet to be counted.

It wasn't meant to be a write-in campaign, Mr. Lopez said, but the logistics of acquiring 20 signatures on his nomination papers in the last hour of the last day of the filing period proved his undoing. He arrived at the Elections Office after it had closed.

Mr. Munks has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Mr. Lopez had this to say: "They haven't counted the absentee ballots yet. ... Whatever is going to happen is going to happen."

● See earlier story.

Dave Boyce


Posted by Wait a sec..., a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 4, 2014 at 12:31 am

I wrote in Lopez's name. Even if I were the only person who did, which I doubt, how can Munks have 100% of the vote?

Posted by Wait a sec..., a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 4, 2014 at 12:35 am

Aha, answered my own question: write-ins haven't been counted yet.

How can the election be called for Munks at this point in time then?

Posted by Thomas, a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 4, 2014 at 1:15 am

Looking on the San Mateo county website it looks like the way write in candidates work is that they need over 1500 votes to even be considered as an opponent... So from what it sounds like is that Lopez got under 1500 vote... concluding from that assumption his votes were not even considered giving Munks 100% of the around 50,000 other votes for Munks

Posted by Numbers, a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jun 4, 2014 at 5:11 am

70,651 votes were cast.

19, 627 did not vote for Munks.

18, 037 did not vote for Wagstaffe

Posted by Numbers, a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jun 4, 2014 at 5:40 am

Wagstaffe received 40,002 fewer votes than he did in 2010.

Munks received 37, 054 fewer votes than he did in 2010.

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