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Auditor-controller candidate accused of lying about where she lives

Kathleen Knox, running for Alameda County post, now faces six felony charges

A candidate who says she wants to be Alameda County's next auditor-controller because the office needs to be reformed has been charged with six felony counts for allegedly lying in campaign papers about where she lives.

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office has charged Kathleen Knox with one count of registration of an ineligible voter, two counts of perjury by declaration and three counts of fraudulent voting.

Knox is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges at 2 p.m. today in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland.

Knox didn't return a phone call seeking a comment on the charges against her and prosecutors weren't immediately available for comment on the basis for their allegations.

Knox is running against Steve Manning, the county's chief deputy auditor, in the June 3 election for the right to succeed Patrick O'Connell, who was elected to the position in 1986 but announced in March that he wouldn't seek re-election.

On her campaign website, Knox said, "The Auditor-Controller's office needs reform and it needs it now. Business as usual is just too expensive."

Knox said the auditor-controller's position "has gone unopposed for almost 30 years, leaving Alameda County residents and voters with little or no idea about what the office and the job are about."

Knox said she believes she is qualified for the job because she has been involved in county politics for 30 years and also has 30 years of business experience.

She said, "I will bring 21st century leadership to this office through leading edge technology and innovation."

Knox said five San Leandro city leaders have endorsed her: Mayor Stephen Cassidy, Vice Mayor Michael Gregory and City Council members Benny Lee, Diana Souza and Ursula Reed.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Crooks Galore
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2014 at 8:50 am

Another crook running for office in Alameda County. So what else is new? We are part of the Socialist Republic of San Francisco Bay, where being a crook is the expected norm for a politician. What do you expect -- most of these crooks have had Nancy "Queen" Pelosi, Willie Brown, Bill Lockyear, and Jerry "Gov. Moonbeam" Brown as their mentors.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Stoneridge
on May 8, 2014 at 10:40 am

As we heard when Pres. Clinton lied under oath during a sexual assault trial, perjury is seldom, if ever, prosecuted. So why is this being prosecuted? Oh, that's right, perjury IS prosecuted. The media was just covering for a President accused of assaulting Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey while he lied under oath about it.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

Until Yee, probably the worst all-around thief, crook, office abuser in both Alameda County and Sacramento was Don Perata!!! We'll have to wait to see which of those two would be the worst in so many ways. In the end Perata had FBI and IRS camped inside the Oakland offices of he & his son for criminal activities after he finished his long list of elected offices in both Oakland and Sacramento!
Knox is upfront scary. She thinks she is 'qualified' to be the chief-checker, a position of oversight and trustworthiness of our county assets,....because she has been involved in democrat party politics for 30 years. ya! It gets her all those endorsements from local yocal Dem office holders & wannabees. They 'use' each other to step up and over us. But 'Politics' is about the worst endorsement and least needed in this particular positions of trust and oversight. All in this country are just sitting ducks, because who checks 'for us'.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

Until Yee, probably the worst all-around thief, crook, office abuser in both Alameda County and Sacramento was Don Perata!!! We'll have to wait to see which of those two would be the worst in so many ways. In the end Perata had FBI and IRS camped inside the Oakland offices of he & his son for criminal activities after he finished his long list of elected offices in both Oakland and Sacramento!
Knox is upfront scary. She thinks she is 'qualified' to be the chief-checker, a position of oversight and trustworthiness of our county assets,....because she has been involved in democrat party politics for 30 years. ya! It gets her all those endorsements from local yocal Dem office holders & wannabees. They 'use' each other to step up and over us. But 'Politics' is about the worst endorsement and least needed in this particular positions of trust and oversight. All in this country are just sitting ducks, because who checks 'for us'.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

is she a liar? no...she was merely throwing shade...


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