Almanac

News - June 11, 2014

Election: Sheriff Greg Munks wins third term

by Dave Boyce

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.

Mr. Munks received 60,857 votes, according to the count as of June 9. County elections official David Tom said write-in votes are tallied at the end of the counting process, and that could take two or three weeks.

Priorities

Asked to comment on his re-election, Mr. Munks replied in an email that he did not take "running unopposed on the ballot for granted and I consider it an acknowledgment of the outstanding work by the men and women of the Sheriff's Office and the leadership that I have provided."

He said his priorities include completing the new jail on time and under budget, using a $25 million state grant to establish a "sheltered living" dorm for mentally ill inmates, focusing on programs to help inmates successfully re-enter the community, and continuing work with educators, mental health professionals and law enforcement to "prevent, respond to and recover from violent intruders on school campuses."

Write-in

Asked for a comment, Mr. Lopez, the write-in candidate, replied: "They haven't counted the absentee ballots yet. ... Whatever is going to happen is going to happen."

He had not planned to run as a write-in candidate, 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.

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