Politics

Saturday, March 8, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Several San Bernardino County incumbents have drawn challengers.

One last minute add caught the elected official by surprise.

Board of Supervisors – 2nd District

Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford was skating to a forseeable uncontested reelection until yesterday afternoon.

Mountain resident Randy Beasley, a retired county employee, took out nominating papers Thursday afternoon. Beasley returned the paperwork, along with his filing fee and ballot statement, late Friday.

Beasley isn’t a bad guy. Expect some money to flow to him, even if it’s just to make Rutherford spend some dough.

Board of Supervisors – 4th District

The race to replace retiring County Supervisor Gary Ovitt currently has four candidates. All of which have filed their paperwork and ballot statements.

The candidates are:

  • State Assemblyman Curt Hagman
  • U.S. Representative Gloria Negrete-McLeod
  • Councilman Rick Avila
  • Businessman James Na

Negrete-McLeod is the odds-on favorite in the contest, which could likely go to a Novemeber runoff, where Democrat turnout will be much higher.

A reality favoring Negret-McLeod.

Since the incumbent isn’t running here, the filing date is extended to Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Sheriff-Coroner

Appointed Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon is running for his first full term. He has two challengers in Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Schrader and former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Clifton Harris.

McMahon is a lock here. Neither of the challengers have any money to speak of. If one did, it would be a definite November runoff.

District Attorney

As expected, three-term incumbent Mike Ramos is now challenged by Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt.

Money will be the deciding factor here. Campaign finance limits has significantly impacted Ramos’ ability to raise funds.

Just like every other county official…….

Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector

Incumbent Larry Walker’s path to an uncontested reelection was also ruined.

Certified Public Accountant Ensen Mason has once again filed against Walker.

Interestingly, Walker has no money in the bank. But it shouldn’t make any difference here.