10:00 PM PDT on Monday, May 17, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Three incumbent Riverside County officials face no opposition as they seek new terms in the June 8 election.

Marion Ashley is running unopposed for a third term on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

Ashley, 74, represents the county’s 5th District, which includes the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa, Desert Hot Springs, Moreno Valley and Perris.

He was first elected to the board in 2002.

Ashley serves as the board’s chairman, and has been leading supervisors as they struggle with ways to overcome a $131.5 million budget gap for the fiscal year starting July 1.

He has pushed for departments to make cutbacks as the county works to bring expenses in line with lower ongoing revenues.

Last year, Ashley was the target of an unsuccessful recall effort from a group of residents who said he regularly voted to favor special interests. At the time, Ashley called the effort frivolous. The group failed to gather enough signatures to place the issue on the ballot.

Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Larry Ward is seeking a second four-year term. Supervisors appointed Ward to replace the retiring Assessor Gary Orso in 2005. Ward then won election to a full term in 2006.

Ward, 61, oversees property appraisal as assessor but also the recording of property deeds and other vital records as county clerk and recorder. Ward joined the county as a property appraiser in 1977. He lives in Riverside.

Don Kent, appointed by supervisors in 2008 as treasurer-tax collector, also is running unopposed for a full four-year term.

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