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Santa Clara CountyCandidate for Sheriff

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Laurie Smith

Sheriff, County of Santa Clara
135,981 votes (42.99%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • A strong champion of victim’s rights. She stepped forward in the De Anza rape case.  She helped bring Sierra LaMar's killer to justice with a murder in the 1st conviction. She courageously took a stand in for the Stanford sexual assault victim. 
  • She is dedicated to keeping our kids off drugs, out of gangs and in school.   She supports anti-bullying efforts.  Protecting our kids is job one. She is working to keep communities safe in our schools, theaters, and places of worship.
  • She has been an advocate in supporting Mental Health initiatives. She supports appropriate facilities where their illness can be better treated. With treatment, criminal conduct an be avoided. Mental Health victims should not be treated as criminals



Profession:Sheriff, County of Santa Clara
Sheriff, County of Santa Clara (1973–current)
Sheriff, Santa Clara County — Elected position (1998–current)
Sheriff, County of Santa Clara — Elected position (1998–current)
Deputy Sheriff, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office — Appointed position (1973–1998)


San Jose State University Bachelor of Science, Administration of Justice (current)
California Polytechnic University, Pomona Master of Science, Management (current)
United States Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security Master's Candidate, Security Services (current)
Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI National Academy (current)
Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute (current)


Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith is a native of Michigan where she lived until completion of high school. In 1969, she relocated to San Jose, California to pursue higher education and begin her law enforcement career. While still an undergraduate, she began her public service career in 1973 when she was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff Matron, then the only full peace officer status position available to women. Sheriff Smith has spent her entire professional career with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.


Laurie graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice, and later received her Master’s Degree in Management from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Sheriff Smith is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the State of California Command College, the FBI National Executive Institute and the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley. She is currently a Master’s candidate at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School through the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.


On December 15, 1998, Laurie Smith was sworn in to serve as Santa Clara County’s 28th Sheriff since the department’s inception in 1850. She has also been consistently chosen for re-election through four additional terms to serve the people of Santa Clara County. Sheriff Smith has received numerous honors and awards for her public service, and has an outstanding record in the California law enforcement community. She is a past-president of the California State Sheriffs’ Association and is a past Woman of the Year recipient by the California State Assembly.


Sheriff Smith has been active in a number of professional and law enforcement organizations including the Valley Medical Center Foundation, Child Quest International, Santa Clara County Human Trafficking Commission, California State Sheriffs’ Association, California Peace Officers’ Association, Major County Sheriffs’ Association, National Criminal Justice Association, Police Futurists International and the National Sheriffs’ Association.


She has been appointed and has served on the State of California, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (appointed by Governor Davis, Governor Schwarzenegger and Governor Brown); the Speaker’s Commission on Police Conduct; the Office of the Attorney General, Blue Ribbon Commission on SWAT Practices and Policies; the Attorney General’s Violent Crime Reduction Task Force; and the Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority. Within Santa Clara County, she has been appointed and served on the Community Corrections Partnership and Re-Entry Network Governance Team, the Jail Diversion and Behavioral Health Subcommittee of the Re-Entry Network, the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, and the Anti-Terrorism Approval Authority. She has also served on the Administration of Justice Advisory Board for De Anza College and the University of San Francisco.


Sheriff Smith has served on the following Boards, Commissions, and Committees:


Emergency Operational Area Council

Anti-Terrorism Approval Authority

Asset Forfeiture Fund Oversight Committee

Cal-ID Remote Access Network (RAN) Policy Board

Community Corrections Partnership Committee

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Steering Committee

Human Trafficking Commission

Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council

Juvenile Justice Systems Collaborative

Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force

Race Equality in Justice Systems Workgroup

Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority

Public Safety and Justice Committee

Re-Entry Network

Domestic Violence Council

Disaster Preparedness Executive Committee

Speaker’s Commission on Police Conduct

Attorney General’s Commission of SWAT Practices and Policies

Attorney General’s Crime Reduction Task Force

Attorney General’s Criminal Justice Advisory Committee

Emergency Response Training Advisory Committee

California State Sheriffs’ Association – Past President

Major State Sheriffs’ Association – Executive Board

Santa Clara County Police Chiefs’ Association – Past President

State of California, Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission

Rotary Club of San Jose

Valley Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Cindy Chavez
  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • U.S Congressman Mike Honda (ret)

Organizations (21)

  • UFCW Local 5
  • Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers’ Association

  • East Side Teachers Union
  • County Employees Management Association

  • Santa Clara County Korean-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Saratoga Parks Commissioner Renee Paquier
  • Santa Clara County Hsinchu, Taiwan Sister-County Commission Chair Vicky Chu
  • Orange County Superior Court CEO David Yamasaki (former Santa Clara County Superior Court CEO)
  • Korean Amateur Sports Association of Silicon Valley
  • Korean American Youth Leadership Program
  • Friends of La Raza Roundtable PAC
  • Cupertino Public Safety Commission Chair Andy Huang
  • BAYMEC (The Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee)
  • Asian Americans for Good Government PAC
  • Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce, Northern California
  • Silicon Valley Chinese Technology & Business Association
  • Silicon Valley Chinese Association
  • Silicon Valley Chinese American Computer and Commerce Association
  • Korean Reporters United
  • Cupertino Chamber of Commerce
  • South Bay Labor Council

Elected Officials (78)

  • West Valley – Mission College Board of Trustees Member Anne Kepner
  • Santa Clara City Clerk Rod Diridon Jr.

  • Ohlone Community College Board of Trustee Vice-Chair Teresa Cox
  • Fremont Union High School District Board of Trustees Hung Wei

  • Foothill – De Anza College Board of Trustees Member Gilbert Wong
  • East Side Union High School District Board of Trustees Member Van T. Le

  • Cupertino Union School District Board of Trustees Anjali Kausar

  • Santa Clara Unified School District Board of Trustees Clerk Jodi Muirhead

  • County Board of Education Board President Rosemary Kamei
  • County Board of Education Board Member Kathleen King
  • County Board of Education Board Member Darcie Green
  • County Board of Education Board Member Anna Song
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Member Tony Estremera
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Member Richard Santos
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Member John Varela

  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Member Gary Kremen
  • Santa Clara Unified School District Board of Trustees Member Jim Canova

  • Fremont Council Member Raj Salwan
  • Fremont Council Member Rick Jones
  • Fremont Council Member David P. Bonaccorsi
  • Belmont Mayor Douglas Kim
  • Sunnyvale Vice Mayor Tara Martin-Milius(ret)
  • Sunnyvale Council Member Jim Davis (ret)
  • Sunnyvale Council Member Russ Melton
  • Sunnyvale Council Member Gustav Larsson
  • Sunnyvale Mayor Glenn Hendricks
  • Saratoga Mayor Kathleen King (ret)
  • Saratoga Mayor Chuck Page (ret)
  • Saratoga Mayor Anne Marie Burger (ret)
  • Saratoga Vice Mayor Manny Cappello
  • Santa Clara Mayor Gary Gillmor (ret)
  • Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor
  • Santa Clara Council Member Pat Kolstad
  • San Jose Council Member Tam Nguyen
  • San Jose Council Member Chappie Jones
  • Mountain View Council Member John McAlister
  • Morgan Hill Council Member Rich Constantine
  • Monte Sereno Mayor Burton Craig
  • Milpitas Mayor Bob Livengood (ret)
  • Milpitas Mayor Jose Estevez (ret)
  • Milpitas Vice Mayor Marsha Grilli
  • Milpitas Mayor Rich Tran
  • Milpitas Council Member Bob Nunez
  • Milpitas Council Member Anthony Phan

  • Los Gatos Council Member Marico Sayoc
  • Los Altos Hills Mayor John Harpootlian (ret)
  • Los Altos Hills Mayor Pro Tem Roger Spreen
  • Los Altos Hills Mayor John Radford
  • Los Altos Hills Council Member Michelle Wu
  • Los Altos Hills Council Member Gary Waldeck
  • Los Altos Hills Council Member Courtenay Corrigan

  • Gilroy Mayor Roland Velasco
  • Gilroy Council Member Peter Leroe-Munoz

  • Cupertino Mayor Sandy James (ret)
  • Cupertino Mayor Patrick Kwok (ret)

  • Cupertino Mayor Kris Wang (ret)
  • Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong (ret)

  • Cupertino Mayor Dolly Sandoval (ret)

  • Cupertino Vice Mayor Rod Sinks
  • Cupertino Mayor Darcy Paul
  • Cupertino Council Member Barry Chang

  • Cupertino Council Member Savita Vaidhyanthan
  • Campbell Mayor Jason Baker (ret)
  • Campbell Councilmember Rich Waterman
  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Susanne Wilson (ret)
  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Rod Diridon Sr. (ret)
  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Pete McHugh (ret)
  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Don Gage (ret)
  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Dan McCorquoadale (ret)
  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Mike Wasserman
  • Assemblymember Paul Fong (ret)
  • Senator Jerry Hill

  • Chair, Board of Equalization Fiona Ma
  • Assemblymember Jim Cunneen (ret)
  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Ken Yeager
  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Dave Cortese
  • Assemblymember Kansen Chu
  • Senator Bob Wieckowski

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