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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

San Joaquin CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 3

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Elbert H. Holman, Jr.

Retired Criminal Investigator
8,028 votes (29.43%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reduce Crime and make our neighborhoods safer
  • Balance the budget and maintain fiscal accountability
  • Help local businesses, promote new business and create living wage jobs



Profession:Retired District Attorneys Office Chief of Criminal Investigations
Councilmember, Stockton City Council — Elected position (2009–current)
Chief Investigator, San Joaquin County District Attorneys Office (2000–2005)
Investigator, San Joaquin County District Attorneys Office (1991–2000)
Sergent, San Joaquin County Sheriffs Department (1971–1991)

Community Activities

Member, Stockton Sunrise Rotery (2006–current)


Elbert Holman was appointed to the Stockton City Council in 2009 to fill the 1st District seat vacated by Steve Bestolarides who was elected to the County Board of Supervisors. In 2010, voters elected Elbert to continue serving as councilman.

As a retired investigator for both the Sheriffs Department and District Attorney’s office, Elbert Holman has had a long distinguished career in public safety and is the only member of the City Council with hands on experience in what it takes to keep our streets safe.

Elbert started his career in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff in 1971. As a deputy, Elbert didn’t just take reports, he solved cases. And within three years, Elbert was promoted to detective. He then went on to become a sergeant heading up both the Burglary and Homicide Units where he successfully investigated and assisted in the prosecution of many dangerous criminals. In 1987, Elbert was recognized by the National United Law Enforcement Officers’ Association as one of the top African American Law Enforcement Officers in the United States.

After 20 years of service with the Sheriff’s Department, Elbert accepted an appointment as an investigator with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, assisting attorneys with many types of investigations including homicides. Then in 1997, Elbert was assigned to develop a Welfare Fraud enforcement unit. The unit he created has become a model for other jurisdictions experiencing welfare fraud.

By 2001, Elbert Holman became the first African American in California to become Chief Investigator for the District Attorneys office. His work as Chief Investigator would help lead to the conviction of County Sheriff Baxter Dunn and his fellow conspirators, Monty McFall, N. Allen Sawyer, Lynn Bedford and Tyler Reves.

In addition to handling some of San Joaquin County’s most notable criminal cases, Ebert also has the distinction of being part of a team of investigators that put many criminals on death row.

After a successful 34 year career in law enforcement, Elbert retired from the District Attorney’s office in 2005.

Elbert Holman is a lifelong San Joaquin County resident. He graduated from Edison High School and went on to attend Cal Poly, UOP and the FBI National Academy. He and his wife Marcia attend the Mayfair Seventh Day Adventist Church in Stockton. Together they have two successful daughters and seven wonderful grandchildren.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Kathy Miller - San Joaquin County Supervisor, District 2
  • Steve Bestolarides - San Joaquin County Assessor/Former County Supervisor District 3
  • Steve Moore - San Joaquin County Sheriff

Elected Officials (1)

  • Chuck Winn - San Joaquin County Supervisor, District 4

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a retired Investigator for the Sheriff’s Department and retired Chief Investigator for the District Attorney’s office, my number one priority is to eradicate crime from our County.


I have spent my entire career fighting to keep murderers and violent criminals off our streets. My work has contributed to the convictions of some of San Joaquin’s most notorious criminals.


After a 34-year law enforcement career, I was elected to the Stockton City Council where I have worked tirelessly to make Stockton a safer community. I serve on the Marshall Plan Committee and played a role in the development of this successful crime plan that has led to a significant reduction in violent crime.


This year Stockton balanced it's budget. I will continue to work to ensure that we employ conservative fiscal management while not shouldering the taxpayer with the burden.


I am proud to have the support of former Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford, San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore and El Concilio President Jose Rodriguez.


I’m thankful for unwavering support of my wife of 47 years, Marcia. Together we are extremely proud of our two daughters and seven grandchildren.

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