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March 5, 2013 > Statement from Supervisor Dave Cortese

Statement from Supervisor Dave Cortese

Submitted By Janice Rombeck

Supervisor Dave Cortese received a letter of resignation from Supervisor George Shirakawa on the morning of March 1, 2013, and is releasing this statement:

"By stepping down and pleading guilty to the District Attorney's charges, Supervisor Shirakawa is doing the right thing for his constituents and the county. I've known George for 20 years and am sorry that he got into this situation, but it's better for us as a board and for Santa Clara County to put this cloud of controversy behind us.

"The investigations into his alleged misuse of expense accounts, campaign finance reporting and personal spending habits were affecting his ability to represent residents of his district on issues that affect them. I strongly support Supervisor Shirakawa's efforts to receive medical help and counseling for his depression and gambling addiction.

I hope that we can move forward quickly to fill the District 2 seat. I will work with my colleagues as soon as possible to determine the most appropriate way to do that. In the meantime, my office is prepared to help out the District 2 residents who need information and services."

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