Posted by Administrator at 12 February 2010

Sacramento-based sources claim that Senator Robert Dutton (R-31) will throw his hat into the ring to unseat embattled San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Paul Biane. Three others, Upland Mayor John “JP” Pomierski, KCAA radio host Peter “Scott” Markovich, and publisher of The Alpenphorn News, Dennis Labadie, have all expressed interest in the seat, with the latter two having already declared their candidacies.

Biane was implicated this week as John Doe 5 in a criminal complaint alleging conspiracy and bribery when San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos filed charges against former Assessor and Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Postmus and former Assistant Assessor and Third District Chief of Staff Jim Erwin. This, combined with other on-going legal issues, opens the door for a likely successful unseating of Biane.

A Dutton capture of the seat, whose Senate term expires in 2012, is thought to be a fait accompli by GOP operatives if he chooses to run.

This has left many speculating that Bill Emmerson, whose Assembly term expires this year, will step aside from his campaign to replace former Senator John Benoit, who accepted a gubernatorial appointment to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors after the resignation just prior to his death of Supervisor Roy Wilson. Emmerson would be expected to instead seek the seat vacated by Dutton if elected to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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