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Warren Slocum secured 55.6 percent of the vote for the District Four supervisor seat.
Warren Slocum, the county’s longtime former elections chief and assessor, is headed back to elected office after beating out school board trustee Shelly Masur for the District Four supervisor seat.
"It feels good. I’m very gratified,” Slocum said.
Slocum secured 55.6 percent of the vote followed by Masur, a trustee on the Redwood City Elementary School District Board, who received 44.4 percent. Both were the top vote-getters in the June primary, beating out five others and forcing Tuesday’s runoff election because neither received more than 50 percent.
Masur did not return a call for comment but Slocum complimented her on a good and hard-run campaign.
Slocum, 64, considers the county’s budget and ongoing deficit a top priority and backed Measure A, the county’s half-cent sales tax measure on the same ballot. The tax’s passage gives the county some breathing room but Slocum wants a methodology to establish its uses, particularly as investment into needs that offer returns.
Slocum is also focused on North Fair Oaks and implementing its community plan.
District Four includes Redwood City, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto and the unincorporated areas of North Fair Oaks and Oak Knoll. Although a supervisor represents his or her district, they are chosen by voters countywide. The current supervisor, Rose Jacobs Gibson, is being termed out.
During the campaign, Slocum said already established relationships forged during his prior years of county experience will help him in his new role because others know his track record. He also conceded his history in the county was a boon in his campaign.
"My name recognition definitely helped me out but I think also my record. Voters appreciated the job I did,” Slocum said.
Slocum is certainly known for fostering innovation while chief elections officer and assessor-county clerk-recorder and he believes that will help evaluate nonprofits and community-based organizations as service providers. He retired in 2010 after two dozen years during which he became known for pushing all-mail ballots, the use of social media and using the Internet to broadcast elections and weddings. In the interim period, he’s headed Peninsula TV.
As supervisor, he wants to also focus on hiring a permanent county manager, promote economic development and tackle pension reform as part of his six-month plan.
Masur was an early candidate for office, throwing her name in the ring last fall and steadily accumulating endorsements and donations. Slocum was the last candidate in the race, joining just before the nomination period in March. Interestingly, Masur sits on the Redwood City Elementary School District Board with Slocum’s wife, Maria Diaz-Slocum.
Masur accumulated a war chest of more than $183,000 from individual donations while more than half of Slocum’s roughly $224,000 was from loans. Slocum also counted the backing of Jacobs Gibson and supervisors Adrienne Tissier and Carole Groom while supervisors Don Horsley and Dave Pine supported Masur.
Slocum also received an endorsement from Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith who ran against him in the primary and filed a complaint about his ballot statement because it read as though he still held his former position. He revised the statement.
With the campaign done, Slocum said his to-do list includes a lot of thank you calls, meeting with Jacobs Gibson about a transition strategy and figuring out the details like staffing a new office.
"I think I’d like to take tomorrow and sleep in,” he said.
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