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SAN JOSE � A candidate for an open seat on the San Mateo bench has accused her opponent, a county prosecutor, of using the county’s internal mail system to deliver campaign fliers and contribution envelopes. Lisa Maguire, a Redwood City solo, said Deputy District Attorney Susan Etezadi’s campaign materials began showing up a few weeks ago in “pony mail,” the county’s internal delivery network. “I just think it should be a level playing field,” said Maguire, a former prosecutor in Etezadi’s office. “There are rules there for a reason. Everyone should follow the rules.” Etezadi said she doesn’t know anything about it. Her campaign manager, Richard Silver, said he wasn’t aware of any material sent through pony mail but said if it had been, then it was an “honest mistake” Maguire is seeking to exploit. “We are doing absolutely nothing wrong,” Etezadi said, while Silver spoke even more bluntly. “They [Maguire's campaign team] are grasping at straws. This is just for show.” Maguire’s campaign said it is planning to notify the Fair Political Practices Commission and other agencies. According to San Mateo’s political activity ordinance, “Judicial candidates should avoid the use of any governmental resources for campaigning purposes.” “I think we are all concerned that this is going to turn into an allegation fest,” said Jonathan McDougall, a member of Maguire’s campaign committee, “but we just want to make sure the rules are followed and that we have a good election.” Maguire and Etezadi are vying in the June 6 election for the superior court seat left empty by the retirement of Judge John Schwartz. San Mateo Chief Deputy DA Steve Wagstaffe said Friday he is aware of the situation, and the office is “looking into it to determine what, if anything, should be done.” DA James Fox probably wouldn’t have anything further to say about the matter until later this week � if at all, Wagstaffe said. McDougall said he plans to file a complaint with the FPPC today, and expects to file complaints with the State Bar and Commission on Judicial Performance as well. “We are going to give them the facts,” McDougall said. “They can act with their own discretion.” Silver, Etezadi’s campaign manager, said as far as he knows, campaign literature all went through regular mail. “Even if we did make a mistake, the post office would have kicked it back to us,” Silver said. “I’m not saying we didn’t make a mistake.”

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