FAIRFIELD — Joel “Tom” Toler has been thwarted again in his effort to get his name on the upcoming election ballot for the Solano County sheriff’s job.
The Court of Appeal in San Francisco on Thursday afternoon rejected Toler’s effort to reverse a local judge’s ruling a few days ago, deeming Toler did not have the mandated background experience to qualify as a candidate for the Solano County sheriff-coroner position.
The tenacious Fairfield bail bondsman has one play left and he said Thursday night he will make that one last legal effort Friday morning.
Toler and his attorney are headed to the California Supreme Court asking them to compel the Solano County registrar of voters to put Toler on the ballot for the June 3 primary election.
It has been three weeks since the registrar of voters told Toler he did not have law enforcement experience required by state law. Toler knows those laws and he believes his brief stint earlier this year as a cop in a small New Mexico town meets the requirements of the law. On March 7 Toler was told by the registrar of voters that his recent police work did not qualify him for the ballot because it was done out of California.
Toler was the only person to try to challenge the incumbent, Thomas Ferrara.
Judge Scott L. Kays agreed with the registrar on Tuesday and Toler challenged the ruling the next day.
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