Santa Clara Approves Special Election for Supervisor
Santa Clara County will hold a special election in June to replace a supervisor charged with committing perjury and using public funds improperly. Supervisor George Shirakawa resigned on Friday. The County's Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the one-million-dollar special election today.
Supervisor Mike Wasserman said that price pales in comparison with denying District 2 residents a voice.
"Friday’s resignation left nearly all of a four-year term wide open," Wasserman said. "I believe the residents of District 2 deserve to vote for who should fill out that term."
Prosecutors allege Shirakawa used campaign money to gamble in casinos. They're seeking a maximum penalty of one year in jail. Shirakawa has agreed to plead guilty to the charges later this month.