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San Diego County Officials Facing Challengers In Election

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Aired 3/3/10

So far, four of the six San Diego County officials running for reelection on the June ballot face challengers. Two Supervisors, the District Attorney, the Sheriff, the Assessor and the Treasurer are all running for reelection.

So far, four of the six San Diego County officials running for reelection on the June ballot face challengers. Two Supervisors, the District Attorney, the Sheriff, the Assessor and the Treasurer are all running for reelection.

San Diego County, with a budget of $5 billion, has seen little turnover in its elected officials over the years: most supervisors have served four terms and the administrative posts are sometimes held for decades. Salaries for elected officials at the County top $150,000.

Supervisor Bill Horn and Sheriff Bill Gore face challengers, so do Assessor Dave Butler and Treasurer Dan McAllister.

Carl Luna, professor of political science at Mesa College, says this era of budget cuts may be resulting in more dissatisfaction among voters.

“Now you’ve got basic bureaucratic positions like Treasurer challenged,” Luna said, “Usually the county and the county government is something that voters barely have any consciousness of, but it seems to be part of what’s in the air these days, of general voter discontent with the status quo.”

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Supervisor Ron Roberts remain unchallenged. The filing deadline for prospective candidates is March 12th.

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ruthean | March 3, 2010 at 8:56 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

CORRECTION: Your article states, "Two Supervisors, the District Attorney, the Sheriff, the Assessor and the Treasurer are all running for reelection." This is not correct. The current San Diego County Sheriff, Bill Gore, and the current San Diego County Assessor, David Butler, have never been elected by a vote of the people. When Sheriff Bill Kolender and Assessor Greg Smith left office mid-term, the Board of Supervisors "appointed" Gore and Butler to their respective positions.

Gore and Butler cannot be "reelected" as neither of them have ever been "elected". It will be up to San Diego County voters on June 8, 2010 to select their choice for these important elected offices.

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