SB County Sentinel-by Venturi: The question is asked…Will Mayes political ambition signal his resignation as Supervisor Janice Rutherford’s Chief of Staff in the 2nd District even if Rutherford seeks and successfully obtains reelection next year?
The Sentinel writes: Mayes is himself a declared candidate for the state Assembly in 2014. Along with two others, Mayes is vying to replace Brian Nestande, who must leave office as the 42nd District Assemblyman after his current term because of California’s term limitations on state office holders.
Mayes, a former mayor in Yucca Valley, resigned that post to become Rutherford’s chief of staff two years ago. Despite an eighty-mile commute to work in Rancho Cucamonga and a sixty-mile commute to work in San Bernardino, Mayes remains a resident of Yucca Valley as well as the 42nd Assembly District, which covers much of the desert areas of adjoining eastern San Bernardino and eastern Riverside counties.
The pace of fundraising activity for the upcoming race in the 42nd is accelerated this year because of Nestande’s pending departure. In the sweepstakes for money to be used in next year’s electioneering, Mayes so far is leading the pack.
The Press Enterprise reported on all incumbents and new candidates money raising totals indicating Mayes has raised almost $96,000 January through June of this year:
“That was more than double the total of former Palm Springs police chief Gary Jeandron and almost eight times what Banning businessman Chris Mann collected.
Mann, who has long been active in GOP politics in the area, said he was not worried by the pace of his fundraising.
“We’ve raised what we needed to get things started, but our focus up to this point has been building an unequaled coalition of support from Republican leaders, including four out of the five Riverside County Supervisors,” Mann said in an e-mail earlier this week “In the end, I have no doubts we will have the financial resources to win.” LINK
Chad Mayes, Gary Jeandron and Chris Mann are all Republicans and it is reported the the 42nd Assembly District leans strongly in favor of the Republican party.
“Touting himself as a conservative Republican, Mayes previously based his political campaigns on right-wing values, including appeals to religious principals and causes, among them a stance against abortion. He is a member of Grace Community Church, where his father, Roger, is the pastor, and his mother, Ruth, is the principal of the affiliated Christian school. Chad Mayes was educated at Jerry Falwell’s fundamentalist Liberty University.
While on the city council, he championed several “limited government” laissez faire economic and government policies. He was the co-founder of the Morongo Basin Lincoln Club.
Mayes’ political ambition, in particular in an Assembly District significantly removed from the San Bernardino County Second Supervisorial District in which he is employed, is seen as a signal that Rutherford, who must herself stand for reelection in 2014, will be seeking a new chief of staff as the primary election in June 2014 approaches.
While there is no legal requirement that Mayes resign or take a leave of absence from Rutherford’s staff while he campaigns for state office in the 42nd District, having a chief of staff who is focused on political issues far removed from the Second District could prove disadvantageous to Rutherford in her reelection effort. Story LINK
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