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.
Appointed Democratic incumbent David Butler filed a “Candidate
Intention Statement” last October. His current campaign finance
report was not yet on file at the Registrar of Voters as of today.
It is not due until February 1st.
The Assessor/ Recorder/ Clerk job was held for 25 years (1983-
2008) by Republican Greg Smith, who set a high standard of hands-
on public service rarely seen at any level of government. He retired
from the job in December 2008 and returned to the private sector.