Kremen drops out of evaluator race for revealing photo – Palo Alto Daily Post

Gary Kremen

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Palo Alto’s Gary Kremen dropped out of the county evaluator race after it was revealed that one of his campaign staff last year came across a photo showing Kremen and his shirtless partner.

San Jose Spotlight, an online news publication, reported the details over the weekend, and Kremen quickly announced he was ending his campaign on Saturday.

Spotlight reported that the employee, who was not named in the article, saw the photo while looking in a Dropbox used by Kremen to store hundreds of campaign-related photos. There were four photos that showed Kremen and his partner Essy Stone in bed, bare from the chest up, Spotlight reported.

Kremen told the Post today (February 28) that the photos were taken while Stone was nursing her newborn baby.

Kremen leaving the race paves the way for Larry Stone, 80, who will be elected to his eighth term as an assessor.

The assessor’s job is to estimate the value of each property in the county, which determines property taxes.

Kremen is also chairman of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. He heads a seven-person council and is the chief spokesperson for the district. His term expires in December.

Kremen was scheduled to participate in a study session tonight with the Palo Alto City Council on a water purification project in the city, but the city dropped the item from the agenda.

City manager Ed Shikada said the study session was postponed “due to a financial issue that emerged last week” related to the cost and funding of the water purification project.

Kremen, 58, made his fortune as an internet entrepreneur in the late 90s and early 2000s. He founded the website and registered several lucrative domain names, including, housing .com and, which he sold for around $12 million in 2006.

More recently, Kremen has founded and led solar energy and water companies.

Kremen raised $71,273 last year for his campaign. He also loaned his campaign $170,000, according to campaign finance documents.

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