Mr. Bolanos' career, according to his campaign website, includes service as a police officer in Palo Alto, a police captain in Salinas and chief of police in Redwood City.
In 2007, Mr. Munks appointed Mr. Bolanos as undersheriff, a position that includes oversight of the crime lab, technology services and administration and finance.
Mr. Melville has been a deputy sheriff since 2008. His career, according to his campaign website, includes service as a police officer in Half Moon Bay and Brisbane; as a fire captain in Brisbane; as a police chief, city manager and elected city council member in Gustine, California; and as a city manager and director of public safety in Livingston, California.
As for priorities, both candidates list combating human trafficking, de-escalation training for officers, and community engagement.
Mr. Melville adds upholding California's sanctuary policies for undocumented immigrants, recruiting and retaining qualified deputies, and requiring deputies to wear body cameras.
Mr. Bolanos adds to his list the importance of keeping the county safe from terrorism, overseeing the transition to the new jail (which opened in March 2016), preparing inmates for successful release, maintaining collaborative relationships within the law enforcement community, fiscal responsibility and maintaining a high-quality crime lab.
Nancy Magee and Gary Waddell are running for the top job at the county's education office. Both already work in that office and both already have the word "superintendent" in their titles.
Ms. Magee is an associate superintendent overseeing student services, and Mr. Waddell is a deputy superintendent overseeing instructional services. While their titles differ, an organizational chart for the current school year shows them in a side-by-side alignment.
The candidates are vying to replace two-term Superintendent Anne Campbell, who is not running for re-election.
Mr. Waddell's career in the schools began with 20 years as a teacher, a counselor and a principal, then 11 years in the county office, his website says. He's been a foster parent for children with emotional and behavioral disabilities and has been recognized for his work on human rights.
During Ms. Magee's 34-year career, she earned teaching-innovation awards; her experience also includes years of championship athletic coaching, according to her website.
She also led the development of a school safety and emergency response plan that was adopted by every law enforcement agency in the county and put into practice by every school district in the county, according to the campaign website.
Priorities for both candidates include high-quality early learning and leadership that is fiscally responsible and collaborative. To that list, Ms. Magee adds safe and supportive schools, family engagement, and the importance of innovation in helping students learn.
Mr. Waddell adds leadership that is "forward-thinking," education for all at a "world class" level, and teaching the arts.
For more on the race for District 3 supervisor between incumbent Don Horsley and challenger Dan Stegink, see the story on Page 12 in this issue.
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