This is a classy and courageous move by Mr. Olson, who holds a top job in the Assessor’s office. Reason: he’s now opposing the appointed Democrat incumbent, David Butler, who heads the overall operation.
In a written statement tonight, Jeff Olson said:
“As a taxpayer, a 21 year veteran of the Assessor’s Office, and a previous Assessor candidate, I am proud to announce that I am endorsing Ernie Dronenburg for San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk.”
“Ernie Dronenburg wrote the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and is a strong supporter of Proposition 13. His mix of public and private business experience will bring common sense decisions and a real world perspective to this very important office. Please join me in supporting Ernie Dronenburg for San Diego County Assessor, and please vote Dronenburg for Assessor on November 2, 2010.”
Mr. Butler took just 36% of the vote in the primary, compared to 35% for Dronenburg and 17% for Jeff Olson.
Republican Greg Smith ably led the office from 1983 to 2008.