Voters in Santa Barbara County went to the polls yesterday to elect a successor to Thomas Sneddon, the district attorney who prosecuted Michael Jackson in 2005.
Sneddon, who has held office for six terms, is not seeking reelection.
The three candidates were; Assistant District Attorney Christie Stanley (endorsed by Sneddon), Doug Hayes (endorsed by the North Santa Barbara County Women's Political Committee) and Gary Dunlap (endorsed by the Michael Jackson Fan Club).
In April, Dunlap made a direct appeal to Jackson fans in a letter, warning that if Stanley were to win:
"Michael will probably be best advised to never return to his beloved Neverland.
When I win, I will change that."
How lame to allow one issue to determine who becomes DA.
Dunlap was a consultant to Jackson early on in the molestation trial. Oddly though, before that he had sued Jackson (so he claims).
Common sense seems to have prevailed, and Dunlap came last with 14% of the votes cast; Stanley won with 69%.