Thursday, January 31, 2013 – 11:00 p.m.
San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector and State Senate Candidate Larry Walker (D-Chino) has started a fire.
Walker, who is running to fill the 32nd Senate District vacancy created by now-Congresswoman Gloria Negrete-McLeod, has omitted Treasurer-Tax Collector from his official ballot designation.
He now lists himself as San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller.
Interestingly, Walker, who received a hefty salary increase, when the elected Office of the Treasurer-Tax Collector was merged into his elected position, didn’t have any problem taking the dough.
Walker is now the highest paid county elected official.
State Law allows candidates to list a ballot designation of no more than three words, unless the candidate is an elected official. Then that official may use their full officeholder title, without any word limit.
The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, Michael Scarpello, allowed Walker to remove the Treasurer-Tax Collector portion of his official title. A move most likely illegal. Walker’s move is purely tactical. As a rule, the “Tax Collector” designation usually doesn’t sit well with voters.
So Scarpello allowed Walker to conveniently dump it.
Sources say another candidate in the race, Ontario Mayor Paul Leon (R-Ontario), has retained The Sutton Law Firm, based in San Francisco, to address the matter.
The Democratic Party, which has endorsed State Assembly Member Norma Torres (D-Pomona), had filed a lawsuit challenging Walker, but dropped the suit at the last minute, due what is believed to be a filing error.
This would appear to be another case of a San Bernardino County registrar doing a favor for a county official.