Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2012 04:24:06 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee won’t be endorsing the re-election bid of the lone Democrat on the Board of Supervisors, Chairwoman Josie Gonzales, citing her support for Republican candidates over the years, including former county Assessor Bill Postmus.

Committee member Gil Navarro proposed a “do not support” resolution for Gonzales in March, but the proposal failed on a 14-13 vote on Thursday evening, said Ron Wall, committee chairman.

The committee did, however, decide it wouldn’t endorse either Gonzales, a former Fontana councilwoman, or her opponent, community organizer Silvia Marroquin, also of Fontana and also a Democrat, for the 5th District supervisorial seat because neither met the minimum
threshold the committee has set for an endorsement, Wall said.

Elective county offices are nonpartisan.

Wall said committee resolutions require only a majority vote, and endorsements for an incumbent require a minimum 50percent of the vote and 60 percent for a challenger.

Gonzales, who has been endorsed by the committee previously, said Friday it has the right to support or not support whomever it wants.

“I will not subscribe to a political party. I belong to the party of the people,” Gonzales said. “I refuse to be put into a box and told what to do and how to do it. I don’t follow political parties and I do what I believe is best in every situation.”

The proposed resolution cited several examples of Gonzales’ endorsement of Republicans over the years, including Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren, Fontana Councilman Michael Tahan and Postmus, also a former Board of Supervisors chairman.

A campaign mailer submitted to the committee showed Gonzales standing aside a smiling Postmus during his campaign for assessor in 2006. The catch phrase reads “Supervisor Bill Postmus endorsed by respected Democrats” and includes a quote from Gonzales: “I work side-by-side with Bill Postmus…. He cares about helping the average working family.”

Postmus was implicated in corruption scandals involving the Assessor’s Office and the county’s $102 million legal settlement with Rancho Cucamonga investor consortium Colonies Partners LP in November 2006.

He has pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges including conspiracy and misappropriation of public funds in exchange for testifying against other defendants in the case, including former Supervisor Paul Biane and developer Jeff Burum, a co-managing partner of Colonies Partners.

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