By Robert Haugh
What do we think will be the biggest race on the June ballot? This may surprise you. We’ve written a lot about the County Supervisor’s race to succeed Ken Yeager in District Four. But we think the big story on election night will be about a contest.
The recall of Judge Aaron Persky will get Bay Area coverage election night. And maybe national coverage, too.
Persky is the judge who sentenced Stanford student and swimmer Brock Turner in a highly publicized rape case two years ago. Turner was convicted of sexual assault and given six months in jail, three years of probation, and had to register as a sex offender.
Public outrage at the sentence led to a recall campaign that collected approximately 95,000 signatures to get it on the June 2018 ballot. They needed about 60,000 valid signatures.
In the Supervisors’ race, two candidates have endorsed the recall: Santa Clara City Councilman Dominic Caserta and San Jose Councilman Don Rocha.
But Caserta has been way more effective than Rocha in pushing out his endorsement. Kudos to Caserta.
According to the campaign, he’s sent out a couple tweets about his support of the recall. Caserta also taped a Facebook video standing with Michele Dauber, the Stanford professor who leads the recall campaign.
Here’s word for word what Caserta said in the video.
I’m here with with Professor Michele Dauber of Law [sic] at Stanford University and the chair of the Recall from [sic] Aaron Persky campaign that has got over [sic] 100,000 signatures — truly a grassroots movement of our county to recall Aaron Persky.
And the reason why I’m passionately endorsing this is our legal must protect women of [sic] sexual assault and domestic violence. We cannot standby and let judges protect privileged perpetrators instead of innocent women of [sic] sexual assault and domestic violence.
I believe campus rape is rape — end of story.
This is in the hands of you the voters. This is a grassroots movement. I hope you join Michelle and I [sic] and please visit the website: RecallPersky.com.
Join us in this majoritarian [sic] grass roots effort. We stand by women of [sic] assault and domestic violence. Please join us now.
We’ll be following this race on election night closely. It might have some impact on the Supervisorial race.