Incumbent San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford, left, is in a race with challenger Assemblyman Marc Steinorth.

By Joe Nelson | | San Bernardino Sun
Published: May 22, 2018 at 7:21 pm | Updated: May 25, 2018 at 10:37 am

The race for Second District San Bernardino County Supervisor heated up Tuesday, with candidate and Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, accusing his opponent, incumbent Supervisor Janice Rutherford, of vandalizing about a dozen of his campaign signs.

“It appears our opponent was busy last night. Please, let us know if you see any more of our signs that have been defaced. This is unacceptable and shows a complete lack of integrity,” Steinorth said on Twitter. He posted several photos of the vandalized signs.

Rutherford replied to the accusations, also via Twitter.

“My signs have been vandalized/stolen as well. Shall we offer a joint reward to anyone who can provide info (so) the police can investigate?” Rutherford said.

Prior to Steinorth announcing his run for Rutherford’s seat on the board in March, it appeared to be smooth sailing for Rutherford, elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010. Her only other opponent at the time was Upland resident Kenneth Petschow, a San Antonio Heights resident and American Airlines pilot who has since backed out of the race. Petschow said he was running against Rutherford after Upland’s fire department was disbanded last year and fire services annexed to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, without a vote by taxpayers. The annexation resulted in an annual $154 parcel tax.

Steinorth throwing his name in the hat threw a wrench into the Second District supervisor’s race, and Rutherford has found herself in fierce competition. Steinorth, a former Rancho Cucamonga councilman who was elected to the state Assembly in 2014, has outraised Rutherford by nearly two and a half to one. As of Tuesday, he raised more than $707,000 to Rutherford’s more than $288,000.

Rutherford said Steinorth’s hefty campaign coffer is a combination of funds re-allocated from his state Assembly campaign and special interest money.

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