FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield bail bondman who wants to be Solano County sheriff-coroner turned to the courts Friday one week after the Solano County Registrar of Voters Office deemed him unqualified.
Joel “Tom” Toler filed a lawsuit seeking a court order compelling the registrar’s office to put his name on the ballot alongside incumbent Sheriff Thomas Ferrara.
Toler had filed a last-minute candidate application that he believes complies with state laws that require five years of law enforcement experience, including a requirement that some of that experience must be within a year of the election.
Toler, who many years ago worked for more than five years as a cop in Vacaville and in Winters, spent two weeks earlier this year working as a cop in the New Mexico city of Jemez Springs, population 250.
Toler believes the brief stint in New Mexico complies with state law, which make no mention of the law enforcement having to be done in California. An hour after the candidate registration period had closed March 7, Toler received a phone from the registrar’s office telling him they had decided he was not qualified.
Judge Scott L. Kays is scheduled to hear from Toler’s lawyers and lawyer for the county on March 26.
Assistant Registrar of Voters John Gardner said the county plans to have the ballot for the June 3 primary election sent off for printing March 28. Gardner declined to comment on Toler’s effort.
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