Robert “Bob” Jonsen

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Jonsen graduated from Novato High School and won a role as a stormtrooper in the original Star Wars movies. He has worked in cities like Los Angeles, Menlo Park, and Palo Alto. Bob coordinated crime reduction efforts in the Antelope Valley region of Los Angeles, which led to the initiative being awarded the “James Q. Wilson Award for Community Policing.” During his five years with the MPPD team, Bob worked to develop innovative approaches to reducing crime, forming coalitions with the community and local businesses, and engaging residents in ongoing opportunities to connect with the men and women in uniform. Bob became the Chief of Police for the City of Palo Alto in 2018 [2].

Key Issues


Jonsen wants to make sure the sheriff’s department is transparent to the public and held accountable [2, 7].

Mental Health

 Jonsen wants to partner mental health clinicians with police officers to respond to mental health emergencies [7].

Public Safety

Jonsen wants to create safer communities through strategic community policing [7].


Anna Eshoo, United States Congresswoman, California’s 18th Congressional District; Evan Low, California Assemblymember, 28th Assembly District; Marc Berman, California Assemblymember, 24th Assembly District; Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors; Susan Ellenberg, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors; Larry Stone, Santa Clara County Assessor; Jim Beall, Former State Senator and Santa Clara County Supervisor; Denise Debellefeuille, Honorable Superior Court Judge (Ret.); Antonio “Tony” Estremera, Director, Santa Clara Valley Water District; Julia Miller, El Camino Healthcare District; Helen Chapman, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority; Darcy Paul, Cupertino Mayor; George Tyson, Los Altos Hills Mayor; Rich Tran, Milpitas Mayor; Lucas Ramirez, Mountain View Mayor; Pat Burt, Palo Alto Mayor; Sally Meadows, Los Alto Vice-Mayor; Linda Swan, Los Altos Hills Vice-Mayor; Lydia Kou, Palo Alto Vice-Mayor; Sudhanshu ‘Suds’ Jain, Santa Clara Vice-Mayor; Hung Wei, Cupertino Councilmember; Stanley Mok, Los Altos Hills Councilmember; Kavita Tankha, Los Altos Hills Councilmember; Lisa Schmidt, Los Altos Hills Councilmember; Marico Sayoc, Los Gatos Councilmember; Rene Spring, Morgan Hill Councilmember; Margaret Abe-Koga, Mountain View City Councilmember; Ellen Kamei, Mountain View City Councilmember; Alison Cormack, Palo Alto City Councilmember; Tom Dubois, Palo Alto City Councilmember; Eric Filseth, Palo Alto City Councilmember; Raj Chahal, Santa Clara City Councilmember; Raul Peralez, San Jose Council District 3; David Cohen, San Jose Council District 4; Yan Zhao, Saratoga City Councilmember; Norman Kline, Saratoga Mayor (Ret.); Gustav Larsson, Sunnyvale City Councilmember; Russ Melton, Sunnyvale City Councilmember; Ray Mueller, Menlo Park City Councilmember; Catherine Carlton, Menlo Park City Councilmember (Ret. Mayor); Kirsten Keith, Menlo Park City Councilmember (Ret. Mayor); Patrick J. Ahrens, Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board President; Gilbert Wong, Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees; Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, Fremont Union High School District Board President; Rosa Kim, Fremont Union High School District Board of Trustees Vice-President; Sue Chan, Ohlone Community College District Board of Trustees; Michelle Maginot, Sunnyvale School District Board of Trustees; San Jose Mercury News; Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC); The Sunnyvale Democratic Club; Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club (SVAPADC); Ann Ravel, Chair of Federal Election Commission (2013-2017); Roger Smith, Founder Silicon Valley Bank; Judy Kay, Founder Mothers Against Murder; Katherine Branscomb, Branscomb Center for Science and Democracy; Kristi & Larry Hernandez; John McNellis, McNellis Partners; Pastor Paul Bains, Project WeHope; John Day, Facebook Global Security; Tanya Capuano, Vice President of Corp Dev; Ava Chiao, Science Teacher, Eastside Union High School; Don Ford, Board of Directors of Mental Health America; William Reller, Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement Award Recipient; Annette Glanckopf, Team Leader Palo Alto Emergency Service Volunteers, 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award; Al Dorsky, Palo Alto Emergency Service Volunteers; Jim Cogan, Economic Development Professional; John Swan, Los Altos Hills Resident; Rose Bickerstaff, Menlo Park Advisory Group; Dan Burke, Menlo Park Advisory Group; Jack Nelson, Menlo Park Advisory Group; Tim & Vycelka Gatto, Palo Alto Advisory Group; George Richard, Palo Alto Advisory Group; Jon Keeling, Palo Alto Advisory Group; Peter Shambora, Palo Alto Advisory Group; Joe Landers, Palo Alto Advisory Group; John Guislin, Palo Alto Advisory Group; Yvonne Boxerman, Palo Alto Advisory Group; Jennifer Zimmerman, Palo Alto Advisory Group; Ardan Blum, Palo Alto Advisory Group; Susan Manheimer, Chief of Police (Ret. San Mateo); Mike Sellers, Chief of Police (Ret. Santa Clara); Scott Seaman, Chief of Police (Ret. Los Gatos); Tuck Younis, Chief of Police (Ret. Los Altos); Ken Corney, Chief of Police (Ret. Ventura) National Police Foundation; Niel Gang, Chief of Police (CalChiefs Officer Wellness Committee); Vic Clay, Chief of Police – Harvard Police Department; Dave Bertini, Chief of Police (Ret. MPPD); Jennifer Tejeda, Chief of Police (Retired Emeryville Police Department); Pete Decena, Chief of Police (Ret. Los Gatos); John Carli, Chief of Police (Vacaville PD – Retired); Harold Schapelhouman, Fire Chief (Ret. Menlo Park Fire Protection District); Anthony LaBerge, Undersheriff (Ret LASD); Bobby Denham, Assistant Sheriff (Ret. LASD); Terri Molakides Butler, Commander (Ret. Menlo Park); Cory Kennedy, Lieutenant (Ret. LASD); Brian Dun, Lieutenant (Ret. LASD); Ed Raulston, Lieutenant (Ret. LASD); Christine Nagaye, Sergeant, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department; Tony Dixon, Menlo Park Police Department Commander; Ed Soares, Menlo Park Police Department Sergeant; Diana Teran, Attorney – Office on Independent Review; Cherylynn Lee, Psychologist – Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department; Vincent Plair, DOJ – Regional Director Community Outreach


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