Anthony Silva (American politician)

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Anthony Silva
Mayor of Stockton, California
In office
January 8, 2013 – January 1, 2017
Preceded by Ann Johnston
Succeeded by Michael Tubbs
Personal details
Political party Republican
Occupation Mayor of the City of Stockton, California

Anthony Silva (born 1974, in Stockton, California) is an American politician who served as the mayor of Stockton, California from 2013 until 2017. He is also a member of the San Joaquin County Central Committee of the Republican Party.[1]

Mayor of Stockton[edit]

On May 15, 2014 Silva slept in a cardboard box outside to draw attention to the problem of homelessness.[2]

On November 16, 2015, Silva gave God the key to the city of Stockton. [3]

In December 2015 Silva announced a development plan for Stockton,[4] the plan would build on the city's waterfront and create an airport.[4] The plan also included the establishment of an ordinance prohibiting sagging, a fashion trend.[4]

LGBT groups protested Silva's appointment of someone to a city planning commission,[5] the person was said to be intolerant of diverse communities, including discriminating based on race and sexuality.

LGBT organizations and atheist groups protested Silva hosting civic meetings in a church that opposed LGBT rights.[6]

While Mayor, Silva presented the idea of importing endangered Manatees to the Stockton Delta to help control the hyacinth problem. Biologists and specialists in the field roundly rejected his idea, stating many reasons for the plan not being a viable one, most notably that they are an endangered species that lives in tropical waters, unlike Stockton's frigid winter waters, and that even if all 5,000 manatees alive today were relocated to Stockton, they wouldn't even begin make a dent in the hyacinth problem.[7]

Silva ran for re-elect in 2016 but lost to Michael Tubbs, who received 70.4 percent of the vote.[8]

Legal issues[edit]

On February 23, 2015 a 13-year-old boy was killed with a gun[9] that was later found to have been registered to Silva.[9] Silva said that the gun was stolen but that he had not yet reported the theft.[9]

On August 4, 2016 Silva was arrested for providing alcohol to underage boys and recording them playing strip poker.[10] Silva used to be President and Chief Executive Officer for the Stockton Kids Club,[11] formerly known as the Boys & Girls Club of Stockton, a position he held for six years. The Club lost its official charter, which resulted in the name change, due to Silva's financial negligence,[12] his official biography on the city's website states that "Mayor Silva has a passion for helping youth and, as a result, he sits on many local non-profit Board of Directors..."[12]

On March 5, 2017 Silva was arrested at San Francisco International Airport. He is charged with grand theft, embezzlement, profiteering, misappropriation of public funds and money laundering related to his running of a local non-profit kids' club.[13]

Electoral history[edit]

Mayor of Stockton

Stockton Mayoral election results, November 6, 2012[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Anthony Silva 43,991 59.24
Democratic Ann Johnston (incumbent) 30,263 40.76
Total votes 74,254 100.0
Stockton Mayoral election results, November 8, 2016[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Michael Tubbs 41,998 70.60
Republican Anthony Silva (incumbent) 17,486 29.40
Total votes 59,484 100.0


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Goldburg, Eleanor (23 May 2014). "California Mayor Sleeps In Cardboard Box For Night To ‘Experience’ Homelessness". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "After Young Girl is Shot, Stockton Unites in Prayer". 17 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Meza, Melinda (2 December 2015). "Mayor unveils $170 million plan for Stockton". NBC. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Philips, Roger (24 March 2015). "LGBT leaders plan to protest Stockton commission nomination". Recordnet. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Griffin, Dana (1 December 2015). "Atheist, LGBT group upset over town hall meeting at Stockton church". NBC. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
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  8. ^ "Municipal elections in Stockton, California (2016)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c Associated Press (30 July 2016). "Stockton mayor's stolen gun used in fatal shooting of teenager, prosecutors say". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Winton, Richard (5 August 2016). "Stockton mayor arrested, accused of playing strip poker with a minor and giving them alcohol". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
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  12. ^ a b "Mayor Anthony Silva, Biography". City of Stockton. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Ex-Stockton mayor arrested, accused of stealing from kids club". SF Gate. 5 March 2017. Archived from the original on 6 March 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "2012 general election results". Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  15. ^ "2016 general election results". Retrieved November 19, 2016. 

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