Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, pulled candidacy papers on Monday to run against San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford for her seat on the board. He announced last week he would not seek a third term as Assemblyman.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm | Updated: March 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, pulled candidacy papers Monday to run against incumbent San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, said Melissa Eickman, spokeswoman for the Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters.

On Friday, Steinorth announced that, after serving two terms in office, he would not seek re-election. He said in a statement he had already done “more than he ever imagined” and wanted to spend more time with his family. He stressed, however, that his service to the community was not over. And speculation that swirled about him making a possible run against Rutherford, elected in 2010, was confirmed on Monday.

A former Rancho Cucamonga councilman, Steinorth, 47, was first elected to the 40th Assembly District in 2014. His district includes most of San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga along with Redlands, Loma Linda and Highland.

San Bernardino County’s second supervisorial district includes the cities of Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, and a large chunk of Fontana, as well as the unincorporated communities of Devore, Lytle Creek, Crestline and Lake Arrowhead.

“It’s a surprise to me. Marc sent me a signed endorsement card,” Rutherford said in a telephone interview Monday. “He has not called me yet, so I really don’t know what’s going on with him.”
San Bernardino County 2nd District Supervisor Janice Rutherford signs the giant metal bow before the ribbon cutting as Universal Technical Institute celebrates its inaugural Welding Technology Program at UTI in Rancho Cucamonga, CA., Friday, January 26, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

As of Monday, Steinorth’s endorsement was still on Rutherford’s campaign website.

Steinorth did not return repeated telephone calls seeking comment.

Steinorth is now Rutherford’s most viable challenger. Last month, Ken Petschow, a 54-year-old airline pilot and San Antonio Heights resident, announced his candidacy for Rutherford’s seat on the board. He said the annexation of Upland’s fire department by the county, and a $158 tax imposed on residents as a result, without a vote, was one of the reasons he decided to run.

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