Meet Jeff Mangar – Candidate for Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge

Jeff Mangar has tried 60 jury trials, including 6 murder trials, over his 21-years as a veteran prosecutor. He has the experience necessary to be an impartial but tough judge. Vote for Jeff Mangar on March 3rd.

Posted by Jeff Mangar for Judge 2020 on Thursday, January 2, 2020

I am Jeff Mangar, a 21-year veteran prosecutor here in Stanislaus County. Currently, I am Chief Prosecutor with the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office, assigned to the Homicide and Aggravated White Collar Crime- Real Estate Fraud Unit for the District Attorney’s Office. I am a candidate to be a Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge. I am seeking to be elected to this position because of my lifelong commitment to public service and belief that justice should serve everyone fairly. I have the background, experience, and broad level of knowledge to be a firm but fair judge, who will work diligently for the residents of Stanislaus County.

During my tenure as a Prosecutor, I have prosecuted various crimes, including child endangerment, sexual assaults, financial elder abuse, real estate fraud, gang violence, arson, major narcotics, and homicides. I have handled thousands and thousands of very complex and violent cases as lead attorney, having handled approximately 60 jury trials, including six murder trials that involved special circumstances, arson, and gang violence. These are cases that plague our community and cause concern to our citizens. I am in court on a daily basis. My level of knowledge and daily exposure to our courtrooms is invaluable and necessary when seeking a judgeship.

My most notable jury trial and one of my proudest professional accomplishments was the successful prosecution of a cold, callous individual who was convicted of 1st degree murder with special circumstances. The theory of this case was that the accused had the intent to kill when she created a “zone of danger” to the victim and her three house guests after she set fire to the victim’s home, even though the accused was not aware of the house guests in the “kill zone.” This interpretation was upheld by the California Fifth District Court of Appeal and is now published in West’s Annotated California Codes in the Notes of Decisions of Penal Code section 187 (People v. Adams (2008) 169 Cal.App.4th 1009). The case is also included in the current criminal jury instructions utilized throughout the state of California.

My experience as a Prosecutor and employee of this county makes me uniquely qualified for the position in which I am seeking election. I was voted by all County employees as one of nine trustees to the Stanislaus County Employees’ Retirement Association (StanCERA), which oversees the County’s $2.2 billion pension system. Additionally, I was voted by the attorneys from the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and Attorneys from the Department of Child Support Services to be their current union representative of the Stanislaus County Attorney’s Association to negotiate collective bargaining contracts and deal with labor relations with the county. This position requires fair and impartial representation.

I would be proud to continue to serve the residents of Stanislaus County in the capacity of a Judge and hope to secure your vote. I would be happy to meet with you to discuss any questions you may have. You may contact me at

22 year resident of Stanislaus County
Married: Wife – Lina
Residence: Modesto
Previous Residence: Turlock

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) –1993
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Student Body Judicial Board
Thomas Jefferson School of Law – 1997
Juris Doctorate Degree
Mock Trial Team

Work Experience:
Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office – 1998 to present
San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, Family Support Division (Family Law) – 1997 to 1998

Professional Accomplishments:
2019 Prosecutor of the Year
Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization – 2007 to present
Published Case – West’s Annotated California Codes in the Notes of Decisions of Murder (People v. Adams (2008) 169 Cal.App.4th 1009) and utilized as a criminal jury instruction throughout California after making “case law” or legal precedent
Past California State Bar Exam Grader
Real Estate Broker – California Department of Real Estate (Broker License #01885913) – 2010 to present

Past Leadership Positions:
President of the Stanislaus County Bar Association
President of the Stanislaus County Peace Officers Association –
only association comprised of every law enforcement agency in Stanislaus County
President of the Stanislaus County Prosecutors Association

Professional Organizations:
Trustee of the Stanislaus County Employees’ Retirement Association (StanCERA) – voted as 1 of 9 trustees by all Stanislaus County employees to oversee the $2.2 billion pension system
Elected Union Representative for the Stanislaus County Attorney’s Association – association comprised of the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and Attorneys from the Department of Child Support Services
Co-chair of the annual Stanislaus County Peace Officers’ Memorial at Lakewood Cemetery
Board Member of the National Asian Pacific Islanders Prosecutors Association

Community Organizations:
Past Youth Court Judge
Judge for the Stanislaus County High School Occupational Olympics and Career Exposition for the Criminal Justice competition
Judge for the Stanislaus County High School Mock Trial Competition through the County Office of Education
Judge for the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon – Speech Contest
Board Member for Stanislaus County Public Safety Advisory Committee
Board Member for Modesto Band (MoBand)
Board Member for Central Valley Professional Exchange (CVPE) – Community Philanthropy to benefit disadvantaged children in Stanislaus County
Graduate of Leadership Modesto, Chamber of Commerce
Guest lecturer at various Stanislaus County high schools, Modesto Junior College, and California State University, Stanislaus