The results are in from the Lake County Registrar of Voters: District Attorney Jon Hopkins has been voted out of office. His two challengers will face each other in a runoff in November.
Completed Precincts: 53 of 53 Vote Count
Percentage DON ANDERSON
37.8% DOUG RHOADES
32.0% JON E. HOPKINS
Here's the first contact we had with Hopkins back in the summer of 2007, the story asked, "Was the wrong man charged?" in the fatal boating crash on Clear Lake.
We reported how the number two official in the Lake County Sheriff's Office, Russell Perdock, was driving his powerboat a reported 40-50 mph at night, when it slammed into a sailboat, killing passenger Lynn Thornton. Hopkins did not charge Perdock with anything -- he charged the man who happened to be steering the sailboat at the time, Bismarck Dinius. Hopkins claimed Dinius was at fault because he had been drinking and didn't make sure the sailboats running lights were on. The defense presented testimony that the lights were on. A jury acquitted Dinius of all charges, and Perdock was eventually fired from his position in the Sheriff's Department.
In the race for the county's top law enforcement officer, Sheriff Rod Mitchell lost to Deputy Francisco Rivero, but will face him in the November runoff.
|Completed Precincts: 53 of 53|
|RODNEY K. MITCHELL||3,852||34.5%|