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Stockton Elects Pro-Police Marine After Mayor Pushes To Defund School Police

Stockton, CA – Residents rejected incumbent Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs’ support for defunding police, opting instead to replace him with a Republican U.S. Marine Corps veteran focused on lowering crime rates.

Stockton Mayor-elect Kevin Lincoln, a former pastor, unseated Tubbs after receiving more than 56 percent of the votes earlier this month, FOX News reported.

Tubbs, 30, received 70 percent of the vote when he was elected in 2016, according to The New Yorker.

During his time in office, Tubbs rolled out a program that paid criminals to not commit new crimes.

He also gave a portion of the 20 percent of Stockton residents who fall below the poverty line an unconditional $500 per month as part of his “basic guaranteed income” pilot program, The New Yorker reported.

Just 45 percent of the individuals who received the free monthly payments were employed.

Tubbs, a Democrat, also supported calls to defund the Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) Police Department, according to FOX News.

Lincoln, 39, said that Tubbs’ focus throughout his campaign had been on “pushing his own agenda” at the national level.

“The people of Stockton…they want safer streets. They want a community that will come together and will unify,” Lincoln told FOX News on Nov. 25. “They want a leader that’s going to represent and address the fundamental needs of our city so that we can move our city forward.”

Lincoln said he would like to see more law enforcement officers patrolling Stockton’s streets, FOX News reported.

“The people of Stockton – they didn’t want to defund the police,” Lincoln said of the election results.

He noted that Tubbs was “very open about” supporting the initiative to defund the SUSD police force, a stance he believes helped contribute to the incumbent mayor’s loss at the polls.

“When you have a city that you have a third of your population is under the age of 18, people want to ensure that their kids are safe,” Lincoln told FOX News. “We have one of the largest school districts in the nation with over 50 schools and over 40,000 students and, so, safety and security throughout the city of Stockton is extremely important to the residents.”

Although Tubbs supported the school-based police defunding effort, he refused to bow to protesters’ demands to defund the Stockton Police Department (SPD), KTXL reported.

“We won’t be taking money away from our minimally-staffed police department,” he said in June. “We are still vastly, vastly, vastly understaffed compared to peer cities with our populations.”

Tubbs, Stockton’s first African American mayor, said that Lincoln, who is African American and Mexican, never would have been elected had Tubbs not opened the door for others to follow in his footsteps, NPR reported.

“As the first African American mayor, it’s not lost on me that without running and winning in 2016, there would be no Kevin Lincoln candidacy in 2020,” he boasted. “But by breaking barriers and showing people that leadership can come from everywhere, we’ve even created opportunity for my opponent to run. So, I’m incredibly proud of the city, and I’m incredibly proud of that work as well.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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