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?
Okay, some might say that the message below from Butler doesn’t actually say anything akin to “Vote for me,” or direct anyone to a campaign website. It could be construed as pertinent information for the office. Yet, it does include items for which he is taking credit, while titling them “Critical Long Term Projects,” the implication clearly being they are important enough that Butler needs to continue to serve.
After the recent Walt Ekard flap over his email noting that as CAO he opposes term limits for the Supervisors, one might think caution would be paramount at the County of San Diego. Yet, Ekard is not running for office. Butler is, ironically, as the “internal” email so notes…
From: Delacruz, Lizza On Behalf Of Butler, David L
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2010 4:39 PM
To: FGG-DL, ARCC-All
Subject: Critical Long Term Projects
Over the last few weeks there has been much speculation regarding the future direction of the office. I have also received numerous inquiries regarding my plans as they relate to my official capacity as the Assessor /Recorder/ County Clerk in the department.
As most of you are aware I have initiated several changes, including the new recording system, the pending integrated property tax system, and a restructured budget that I believe are necessary to make this department more efficient, both economically and technologically. I am very committed to these projects and want to ensure they are completed as I have envisioned.
As a result I have decided to run for election for the office in June, with the intention of serving at least one full term.
David L. Butler
Assessor /Recorder/ County Clerk
County of San Diego
619.531.5507 | Fax 619.557.4056
Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail
How about… Please consider the ramifications before hitting “send”?
The email distribution is to the Finance & General Government (FGG) and Assessor Recorder County Clerk (ARCC) staffs, estimated to be more than 400 employees.