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Stogner's Victory

Original post made by Victim\'s Advocacy on Jun 9, 2010

Michael Stogner did not win the San Mateo 3rd District Supervisor race today, yet a clear victory for Stogner emerged.

Stogner achievement? After gaining considerable momentum several weeks ago by winning critical endorsements from Atherton civic leaders Jon Buckheit and Peter Carpenter, Stogner has transformed from a "crank" to a force to be reckoned with in San Mateo County.

Without spending ANY money, Stogner garnered 4,243 county votes, or 6.8% in a five-candidate race. To put things into perspective, Steve Poizner spent $24M of his own money in the gubernatorial primary and got 5,105 votes in San Mateo County.

Stogner's platform? Victim's advocacy, accountability for law enforcement (both financially and conduct wise), and fidelity to elected constituents.

4,243 people do not believe anything goes for Stephen Wagstaffe bending justice, Atherton police officers falsifying police reports, Sheriff Greg Munks visiting sex slave farms, or Elizabeth Lewis building an illegal home.

How many people would have voted for Stogner had he spent a quarter of the money Don Horsely did with the rich law enforcement political machine behind him?

Michael Stogner has been almost a lone crusader for years in this county. When courageously stepping up to defend victims like John Johns, he's been dismissed as a member of a small group of misfits who have no clout or credibility.

Well, the bullies who dismissed Stogner are in for a very, very rude awakening.


Comments (4)

Posted by Jon Buckheit, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 9, 2010 at 10:27 am

Congratulations, Michael! This was a really strong showing and I'm proud to have voted for you.


Posted by Melinda Tevis, a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Jun 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Michael
Thank you for bravely stepping up to run for office to represent your county.
It was wonderful to be able to vote for a candidate who is not an entrenched politician, and who's commitment to service has been long established as the unacknowledged sentry to safe guard good governance. You have fearlessly held fast to your own beliefs, your rare compassion for the rights of the "little guy", and your insistence that it is Justice that had better stay blind-- but NOT the System or the Public.
I enjoyed the comment hidden in the Daily Post endorsements last week, which stated genuine concern that you may already be serving "far too crucial a role" as guardian for San Mateo's conscience--to risk losing you to politics. I agree with someone else's suggestion that the county should create some official position of "ombudsman" to keep you watch dogging and to protect all of us.
Your support and interest in Atherton has been of great benefit already to this community Michael--please continue to be our guardian angel while we try to set a better example than we have in the more recent past.
As far as I am concerned your candidacy was a complete victory for everyone, and an important message to those who did win.


Posted by Julie, a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2010 at 12:34 am

Congratulations to Michael. I and my whole family voted for him and will again if he runs again. Michael your a great human being and we are indeed very proud of you. I wish there are more people like you who is not afraid to call out undesirables like Munk and Wagstaff.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Jul 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Thank You to all of the 6,731 people who voted for me. I will be running again very soon.


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