Thursday, November 8, 2012
Stockton Voters Throw Mayor Out of Office in Landslide, Elect Pro-Public Safety Candidate
After years of cuts to police and rising crime, Stockton voters held the politicians accountable Tuesday. Stockton voters overwhelmingly rejected mayor Ann Johnston's cuts to public safety, throwing the incumbent out of office in a landslide 58% to 42% vote. Public safety was the central issue in the campaign. Johnston attacked the Stockton Police Officers' Association in a flyer celebrating the way police officers' and firefighters' benefits were "slashed" and "axed" under her watch. Mayor-elect Anthony Silva, on the other hand, campaigned on a promise to raise revenue and hire 200 more police officers, saying voters "want more police on our streets, they're saying we want our neighborhoods to be safe."