“Reform” was a key word at Thursday’s League of Women Voters online forum, at which four of the five candidates running for sheriff of Santa Clara County in the June 7 election answered questions submitted by local residents.

Other common themes included “transparency,” “accountability” and “community,” as candidates are campaigning to replace Sheriff Laurie Smith, who was indicted by a civil grand jury last December for corrupt misconduct in office. Smith, who has served as sheriff since 1998, is not running for re-election and is scheduled to retire when her term expires in January.

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