Remember when all this started, Sheriff Laurie Smith sent out those vaguely threatening letters ranting about power and popularity to the DSA and the CPOA trying to stop their endorsement votes because she knew they weren’t going to go in her favor?
Well the fundraising numbers are in and it appears those chickens have come home to roost for the moment. While the Sheriff has been fundraising all year, Kevin Jensen has only been really driving to get funds for a few months in comparison; when it comes down to the latest filing, from July 2013 through December 2013, Kevin Jensen has outraised our “Popular Sheriff” by several thousand dollars.
While a few thousand may not seem like a lot, remember, Captain Jensen (ret.) is running against an entrenched, 16-year incumbent, who has made serious effort to lay the groundwork necessary to hold political power over that time. The Sheriff who claims she is all but revered in the LE community, touting her meetings at POST on her Facebook page made a bet on Puppies in the Park, and it appears that bet did not pay off for her.
Reviewing her filing, she has few if any of the power brokers of the county behind her this time. The handful of Sheriff’s Office personnel to donate to her campaign is embarrassingly sparse. In reviewing Jensen’s donations, what is interesting is that the personal donations from law enforcement not only come from those in the Sheriff’s Office, but extend well beyond that to people currently active in other LE organizations.
The other interesting point I noted that I will mention here is the number of former administrators and their surrogates that show up on Kevin Jensen’s filing. That so many outstanding retired personnel, ranging from Captain and higher are supporting Kevin Jensen speaks volumes. The main point I take from it is that our current Popular Sheriff, really has not been popular for some time within her own rank and file and that they have given up trying to work with her and are now focusing on improving the vision at the top through this election.
On top of all of this, it looks to me that our Popular Sheriff’s politically empowered friends, at the very least, are standing back as spectators rather than participants in this race.
For your review, I’m posting the pdf files for download for both candidates filings below, or you can search the filings for yourself below at the county’s FPPC filings public portal.