LA Times endorses John Morris for LA County Assessor
Head Deputy District Attorney John Morris' campaign to become LA County Assessor received a game-changing boost with the announcement, Tuesday, that he had received the endorsement of the LA Times. Significantly, that endorsement comes the day after the all important vote by mail ballots went out, and although Morris' ballot designation alone was likely to make him the choice of many voters, the Times endorsement will put Morris in a very strong position in the June 3, 2014 primary.
A total of twelve candidates are vying for the Assessor's Office and it is unlikely that any candidate will garner the 50% plus one vote to secure the election in the primary. Morris' principal opponent is a career political aide, Jeffrey Prang a West Hollywood Councilmember, who most recently served as top-aide to the man who brought hitherto unprecedented shame and scandal to the Assessor's Office - disgraced County Assessor John Noguez who is currently facing a slew of criminal charges for accepting bribes, misappropriation by a public officer, conspiracy, perjury, grand theft and embezzlement.
Prang was Noguez's right hand man during the two year period when corruption and backroom deals robbed Los Angelenos of $10M in property tax revenue, yet he has garnered an impressive list of political endorsements. Those who have endorsed Prang are likely as ignorant of Prang's relationship with Noguez as they are uninformed that Prang is currently unqualified for the job; he is not a licensed appraiser, according to the LA Times. Prang, like Noguez, is openly gay and is doubtless counting on support from the LGBT community to carry the day for him.
But any hope Prang may have had for an easy win were soundly deflated with the LA Times endorsing Morris. Although the endorsement alone may not carry the day for Morris, it makes it highly likely that the result of the primary election will be a November run-off election between Morris and Prang. In that race, the reality of just how unsuitable Prang is to be handed the keys to the office held by his former boss, will likely persuade voters that John Morris is the right man for the job.
DDA Judicial Candidates to hold event at LA Athletic Club
Just a reminder, please come the the LA Athletic Club in Downtown Los Angeles, Thursday, May 8, 2014, 4:30pm to 8pm, to meet the Deputy District Attorney candidates for Judicial office in the June 3, primary election.
Note the address indicated in the image above is incorrect. It is 431 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014. Parking is available at in the Club's garage at 646 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014.