A veteran and seasoned sergeant is joining the race to unseat Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith.
Last week, Christine Nagaye announced her candidacy for the 2022 election. A San Jose resident, Nagaye has worked at the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office for 19 years, including six as a supervising sergeant. She previously worked for Southwest Airlines and as a medic in the U.S. Army, according to her Linkedin.
“First and foremost, my pledge is to bring honesty, transparency and integrity back to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department,” Nagaye said in a statement. Nagaye does not appear to have officially filed as of Tuesday, based on a review of county records.
Nagaye’s platform focuses on law enforcement and custody reform. She said her first priority as sheriff would be an independent and thorough review of law enforcement practices and management of the Santa Clara County jail system—something Smith has faced recent criticism over.
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