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The speculation has lasted for several months whether appointed incumbent San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk David Butler would seek election in his own right.
Appointed by the Board of Supervisors last year after 25-year office holder Greg Smith resigned in late 2008, Butler offficially announced today he will run for the seat. Very officially. After all, what better way to get the word out than by letting County employees know through use of the publicly-owned email system?
His first campaign missive has established Butler’s efficiency! Why develop your own campaign distribution list, when the taxpayers’ system is already in place?
STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS 2010
CHAIRWOMAN PAM SLATER-PRICE
WATCH THE ADDRESS HERE: http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/Portal/News/2010/Feb/021110SOC2010.html
Good evening, and welcome to beautiful Irwin M. Jacobs’ Qualcomm Hall.
January 3rd marked the 157th year of County government.
We have accomplished a lot since the first Board of Supervisors rode to meetings by horseback, coach or wagon.
There have been good times and bad but we have always weathered the storm.
At the very center of today’s storm is the most difficult economy we have faced in decades. It has forced many companies to change the way they do business, and many households to cut back on spending.
SD Rostra has learned that Jeff Olson and Ernie Dronenburg, the
two declared Republican candidates for SD County Assessor /
Recorder/ Clerk filed their campaign finance reports early this
week, well before the February 1st deadline.
Jeff Olson reports $14,315 raised, with $9,411 cash-on-hand.
Olson, who serves as “division chief of Assessment services”
in the ARC office, loaned his campaign $8,125.
Ernie Dronenburg, who served 5 terms on the State Board of
Equalization, discloses $110,299 raised, with $110,122 cash-
on-hand. Dronenburg and wife Marilyn report loaning $97,500
to the campaign committee.
The San Diego County Assessor’s race may not have the pure wallop as the already buzzing contest for Sheriff. Yet, the winner in both campaigns next year will be among the few locally elected officials that represent the entire County of San Diego (along with the DA and Treasurer/Tax Collector).
Even the County Supervisors each have “only” one-fifth of the area’s land mass. Yet to win a Supe race in an open seat situation would take several thousands of dollars (hundreds of thousands, in most cases).
Republican chances of recapturing the SD Assessor/Recorder/Clerk
post soared today, when proven Republican winner Ernie Dronenburg
filed to challenge appointed Democrat incumbent David Butler.
Dronenburg, winner of FIVE races for a multi-county state Board of
Equalization seat, immediately becomes the clear favorite over Mr.
Butler who earlier filed a “Candidate Intention statement” to seek
election in his own right next June.
Toppling appointed incumbents is nothing new for Dronenburg. He
defeated a Jerry Brown-appointed incumbent to win his first Board of
Equalization term against Iris Sankey in 1978. He won 4 more races
for the job before retiring in 1998. He later served 7 years on the SD
County Board of Equalization.