FAIRFIELD — A would-be sheriff’s candidate followed through on a promise and filed an appeal Wednesday in San Francisco, challenging a judge’s refusal the previous day to get him put on the ballot for the June election.
Joel “Tom” Toler of Fairfield was turned away from the Solano County Registrar of Voters Office after being told he did not have the experience and work history needed to qualify as a candidate for sheriff that is required by state law.
Specifically, officials told Toler he needed law enforcement experience in California within the past five years. Toler earlier this year worked a brief stint as a police officer in a tiny New Mexico town. He believes that was sufficient to comply with the law that does not specifically state the experience must be in California.
Judge Scott L. Kays sided with the county’s interpretation of election law and denied Toler’s request to be put on the ballot.
The First District Court of Appeal typically responds to writs of mandate within a few days. County officials have said they plan to send the June primary ballot to the printer on Friday.
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