Thursday, January 29, 2015

State high court rejects bid by sheriff candidate


From page A3 | April 02, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — The California Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it had rejected a request made Friday by a spurned sheriff’s candidate seeking to have the top court put him on the Solano County ballot for the June election.

Joel “Tom” Toler of Fairfield received the bad news Friday, a few hours after he appealed a ruling made the previous day by the Court of Appeals that upheld a local judge’s ruling made earlier in the week. The Supreme Court did not post its decision until after the three-day holiday weekend.

Toler was told earlier this month by the Solano County Registrar of Voters Office that 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.

No other possible candidates tried to toss their hat into the ring for the sheriff job.

Barring calamity, the only way incumbent appointed Sheriff Thomas Ferrara will not be elected a four-year term of office is if a qualified candidate stages a successful write-in campaign. The write-in candidate would need to file a statement of intent with the Registrar of Voters office between Monday and May 20, two weeks before the June 3 election.

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