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Old 09-23-2018, 6:58 AM
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Question Who is helping Hirokawa beat Sheriff Smith on Nov 6th?

Just over 6 weeks until the election. Less than that for early/mail in ballots.

Santa Clara county is the most populous NorCal county with 1.8M residents. Yet no CGNers are posting saying they're getting involved to help Hirokawa beat Smith to try to increase CCW issuance? Don't you want CCWs?

You can read about Smith's latest political vulnerability due to regularly being over budget, especially with overtime pay, here:

From another thread:

Santa Clara County sheriff candidates trade barbs, revive racist-text scandal at first general election debate
Five-term incumbent Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith and former Undersheriff John Hirokawa square off at NAACP forum ahead of rare runoff race


The two also debated how the office issues concealed-carry weapons permits in the county. Smith has been accused of playing politics when deciding who receives the hard-to-get gun privilege.

Hirokawa said he “wants to take politics out of concealed-carry permits,” while Smith defended her practices, saying she has been judicious and doles them out based on an applicant having a “good defined need.”
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Two observations: (1) the only way to "take politics out of concealed-carry permits" is to gut the GC requirement by making SD = GC. Is that what Hirokawa will do? Has anyone contacted his campaign to ask how he intends to "take politics out of concealed-carry permits"?

(2) If Smith is defending her current practices, don't expect her to change her ways. Unless Santa Clara Co folk step up and use the tactics San Diego Co Gun Owners did to get Gore to liberalize issuance, it probably won't happen with Smith. See here for what SDCGO did:

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