Joe La Jeunesse for Santa Clara County Sheriff


Thank you for visiting my campaign website!

You are always welcome to come and learn more about my campaign and the issues facing Santa Clara County law enforcement.

My family has been blessed to have lived and worked in Santa Clara County for over 70 years. Answering the call of my country, I joined the Army at 17, being the third generation in my family to serve in combat in the service of our nation. I rose to the rank of Major, serving with distinction and valor in theatres of action from Bosnia to Iraq to the California-Mexico border.

Now, I feel the need to answer the call of thousands of Santa Clara County residents who realize it is time for change in the Sheriff’s Office. It is time for progressive, proactive leadership that will modernize our county’s chief law enforcement agency and strengthen its ability to protect the public.

Drugs and gangs are ravaging many of our communities. With my military background and extensive experience around the world, I know the importance of using the latest technologies available to fight crime. I know that adapting to the ever-changing tactics and activities of the drug lords and other criminal cartels is essential. And, as a Latino-American, I have an appreciation and respect for the unique public safety needs of Santa Clara County’s ethnically-diverse communities.

The current administration has failed the people of Santa Clara County. Almost a quarter-century has passed since the incumbent took office. What do we have to show for it: our jails are in crisis, with multiple unexplained deaths, escapes, and even deputies convicted of murdering an inmate. Even a blue-ribbon commission recommended taking control of the jails away from the sitting Sheriff!

It’s time for real change, not simply cosmetic change. Replacing the current Sheriff with her own second-in-command who shares in her failures will not solve the problems we face.

I am confident I can bring the change Santa Clara County law enforcement has been looking for. I would appreciate your support and your vote on June 5, 2018.


Joe La Jeunesse

I knew and worked with Joe while serving as an operations officer with the Headquarters of US Army in Europe (USAEUR). Joe was the Command’s chief officer for anti-terrorism and security planning. His expertise was included in all operations and exercise orders, affecting up to 40,000 Army personnel, and bilateral training missions with over a dozen East European countries. He had a strong and positive reputation for anti-terrorism and military police experience from his time in the Persian Gulf War and Iraq. Joe will bring in 21st Century ideas as Santa Clara County Sheriff.
Lt. Col. Steve Kaukola ( USAR, ret. )

La Jeunesse says policies "endanger law enforcement and residents"

San Jose—Santa Clara County Sheriff’s candidate Joe La Jeunesse is speaking out against SB 54 and so-called “sanctuary city” policies throughout California. “These misguided and irresponsible policies are increasing the danger to both law enforcement and residents, including our immigrant communities who are heavily victimized by illegal criminal gangs,” he said today. “I commanded troops…

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Statement to the Press by Sheriff’s Candidate, Deputy Sheriff Joe La Jeunesse
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John Hirokawa is now calling for his former boss and close confidant, Sheriff Laurie Smith to resign over the burgeoning Bradygate scandal. Yet, he served in the Department alongside Smith for decades, 38 years in the Sheriff’s office in total and eight years as Smith’s understudy. This incident occurred in 1992 and broke publicly six years…

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