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Bob Jonsen, Palo Alto Police Chief, Leads Retired Capt. Kevin Jensen in Santa Clara Sheriff’s Race

Palo Alto Police Chief Robert “Rob” Johnson led the field vying to be the first new sheriff in Santa Clara County in more than two decades, in early rehearsals on Tuesday.

With 34.6% – 48,627 votes – out of more than 140,000 votes reported Tuesday night when the polls closed at 8pm, Johnson led retired sheriff’s captain Kevin Jensen, who won 29.4% – 41,323 – of the vote.

If their totals hold up, the two will face each other in November.

Two law enforcement veterans led the two sheriff’s deputies in a reform campaign that coincided with the pending civil conduct trial of current sheriff Lori Smith, who chose not to be re-elected for a seventh term after no-confidence votes. A jury report and a pending trial that could remove her from office before the end of her term.

This is Jensen’s second attempt at the position of sheriff. He faced off against his former boss, Smith, in 2014 and lost.

The sheriff’s emblem for Christine Nagai had 19.1% of the reported early and unofficial returns, and for a fellow emblem. Sean Allen garnered 12.6% of the vote.

This story will be updated as the results are reported.

For the full election results visit the website Website of the district election results.

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