FAIRFIELD — A would-be sheriff’s candidate followed through on a promise and filed an appeal Friday with the California Supreme Court to challenge a Court of Appeal refusal the previous day to get him put on the ballot for the June election.
Joel “Tom” Toler of Fairfield 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.
Judge Scott L. Kays on Tuesday sided with the county’s interpretation of election law and denied Toler’s request to be put on the ballot. That was followed by the ruling from a three-justice panel, upholding Kays’ decision.
The earliest the state Supreme Court can act on Toler’s request is Tuesday. County officials said this week that the ballot would be sent to the printer Friday.
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