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Alameda County Auditor-Controller Candidate Kathleen Knox Withdraws From Race

Prosecutors say Kathleen Knox lives in Danville and allege that Knox fraudulently claimed that she lived in San Leandro.

Alameda County auditor-controller candidate Kathleen Knox, who faces six felony counts for allegedly lying about where she lives, has withdrawn from the race. 

Knox, 49, said in an email to her supporters that, "The distractions of current events have become overwhelming and my focus now needs to be entirely on my family, my business and my private life." 

[Related article: Candidate Pleads 'Not Guilty' to Fraud Charges]
 
Knox's name will still appear on the June 3 ballot because it's too late to remove it, Alameda County Registrar of Voters officials said. Knox, who owns and operates the Rose Gate assisted living home in San Leandro, was running against Steve Manning, the county's chief deputy auditor, for the job of succeeding Patrick O'Connell, who was first elected in 1985 but announced in March that he wouldn't seek re-election. 
 
Knox, who said on her campaign website that the auditor-controller's office needs reform, was charged earlier this month with one count of registration of an ineligible voter, two counts of perjury by declaration and three counts of fraudulent voting. 
 
When Knox filed her candidacy papers in March she listed her address as 1345 Clark St. in San Leandro but prosecutors allege that she actually lives in Danville in Contra Costa County. She pleaded not guilty to the charges against her at a hearing on May 6. 
 
In her email, Knox thanked her supporters and family members and said "campaigning and running for auditor-controller have been an amazing experience."    
Knox said, "I continue to believe in strong and honest government -- this includes the electoral process for which I am so grateful to have been a part of." 
 
She said, "As the first woman to run for this position and the first person to challenge this position in almost 30 years, I only hope that I am not the last."

—By Bay City News
Mike Hunt May 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Whoa !!! @Maurice nailed it!!! What perfect timing in exposing Nick Nardolillo as a fraud. In today's newspaper (Mercury, Times, Tribune, etc) is this editorial (in part): Candidates lying about residency cannot be tolerated. The race for Alameda County auditor should serve as an object lesson to politicians considering lying about their residency that rules matter and that seeking public office is not a game. It's refreshing to see tough enforcement of residency rules. In 2011, Nick Nardolillo pleaded no contest to felony election fraud for falsely claiming he lived in Fremont to keep his post, salary and benefits as an elected Ohlone College trustee. In Southern California in January, a jury convicted state Sen. Rod Wright of eight felony counts for lying about living in his district. I am posting this in both places because it does not look like Patch is properly posting our replies.
Geoff Burton May 21, 2014 at 11:16 AM
This is not a mistake, her business is in Ala. county and according to an artical, http://theback-story.blogspot.com/2011/11/rosegate-assisted-living.html?m=1 she has an elder care facility in which she ordered reduced care for her Grandmother against a contractual agreement. Who knows what else she has done at her facility, this may have been a fraud perpetrated to assist herself with damage control. Check out the story for yourselves at the noted URL, of course this is pure speculation on my part, but it seems plausible to me.
Nick Nardolillo May 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM
To Mike, George an Maurice etc. Yes as I said, I made a mistake, owned up to it, paid for it and moved on. It is so refreshing to hear from three perfect guys like you who have never made a mistake. I know it is so hard to sit behind a computer and bash people you don't know of all the good things they may have done. May I suggest you get off your chairs, spend some of your own money and time on campaigning and run for an office to serve the community, with long hours for little pay with midnight board meetings, conferences, etc. etc. and then after many years of commendable service to the community, get bashed by people too lazy to do no more than sit at a computer and spew venom Very productive guys. I'm impressed. Not.
Nick Nardolillo May 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Oh and anytime you want to compare notes on what you have done for local charities over the years, plus services to the nation and our communities, I'm all ears. I have my notes ready. Show all of us yours, please.
Geoff Schiller May 21, 2014 at 03:05 PM
I hear a lot of lips flapping from a convicted felon.

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