A fourth candidate has entered the Contra Costa County Assessor’s race.
Ross Butler of Alamo, an investment adviser and former staffer for former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bob Doyle, announced his candidacy at a luncheon today.
Butler hopes to replace incumbent Assessor Gus Kramer. The other two candidates are Realtor Bob Brooks of Antioch and attorney and Contra Costa District Trustee John T. Nejedly.
The candidates will compete in the June primary election. If one candidate receives 50 percent plus one vote, he will win the seat outright. If not, the top two vote-getters will have a run-off in the November general election.
This is getting interesting.
Read on for Butler’s full press release.
Ross Butler to Run for County Assessor
February 12, 2010
Alamo, CA At a luncheon today surrounded by friends and family, Ross E. Butler of Wheeler & Mote, LLC announced his run for Contra Costa County’s Assessor’s office. “I thought that nine years of service in Washington D.C. as a staffer in the U.S. Senate would cure me of politics,” Butler said. “I did not want to be one of those Washington insiders who lose touch with my roots in the West so; I decided to return before it was too late!”
Ross started his political experience in a patronage position in the U.S. Senate Post Office. “The early 80’s were magical years for the Senate; there was true statesmanship, bipartisan cooperation and consensus among the Senators” Butler recalls. “Many times I would volunteer my help in processing the mounds of mail for Senators Robert Byrd and Bob Dole, both brilliant men in the Democrat and Republican leadership. One day Senator Dole’s office called and asked if I wanted to work with them on a more permanent basis: that is where I learned true bipartisanship. It was a perfect fit since my mother is a Democrat and father is a Republican who cancels each other’s vote at election time.” Butler also served on the Vice President’s Council on Aerospace when the aerospace industry was deregulated and was a Supervisory Director of the Senate Employees’ Credit Union.
Ross is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds a BS degree in Business Finance. While in his sophomore year, he formed a software company named XauTek, Inc., the Russian spelling for “high tech.” The company had software programming offices in Moscow, Russia and Salt Lake City, Utah – programming for the Aerospace Industry. XauTek was later sold to the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) based in Zhukovsky, Russia.
Butler’s heritage in community service came from his grandfather Ross Sr., founder of Ore-Ida foods which invented the “Tater Tot,” who was a 70-year Scouter with the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope Boy Scout awards. His father, Ross Jr. is Associate Vice President of International Affairs & Diplomacy at Utah Valley University and is the Honorary Consul General for Russia in Utah. Both Ross and his father are Eagle Scouts.
Butler’s career also includes working as an International Corporate Controller/Accountant for AllAdvantage.com and holds a California Real Estate License for mortgages and Investment. Currently, Ross is an Investment Advisor with his Series 7 and 66 and a Regional Manager for Wheeler & Mote, LLC. He has lived in Alamo for over 12 years with his wife Darya, a native of Alamo, and five children Taylor, Ross IV, McKay, Audrey and Nathan.