By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/27/14, 12:38 AM PDT |

San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, who represents the 2nd District, is being challenged by a political newcomer in the June 3 primary — a former crime scene investigator from Lake Arrowhead unhappy with a newly adopted sober living home ordinance.

The 2nd District includes Rancho Cucamonga, parts of Fontana and the mountain communities of Crestline, Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.

Rutherford, who is also the chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors, served on the Fontana City Council for 10 years before being elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010. She formed an ethics committee and began pushing for measures that included elimination of supervisor slush funds, limiting campaign contributions, and reducing compensation for elected officials.

She said she has established a track record during her four years as supervisor for getting things done and implementing serious governmental reforms.

Rutherford pushed for the county contracting with the state Fair Political Practices Commission to serve as the government watchdog of San Bernardino County — to ensure its elected officials are complying with the Political Reform Act.

Rutherford said she has also strived to maintain core services to citizens during tough economic times.

“I will continue those efforts into my second term,” Rutherford said.

Rutherford touts other major accomplishments of the county since taking office including the completion of the expanded High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto, increased repairs and rehabilitation to roads, and implementation of a long-term strategic plan — the Countywide Vision.

If elected to a second term, Rutherford said she will continue working with county staff on the budget and increasing residents self sufficiency.

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