RUMOR: Marc Steinorth Filing Papers Today to Challenge Supervisor Rutherford
Political insiders have speculated that Assemblyman Marc Steinorth would abandon his career in the state legislature and instead challenge San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford ever since James Ramos announced his candidacy for the 40th Assembly District.
Ramos, the former chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians currently represents San Bernardino County's Third Supervisorial District.
A highly credible source informed me that Marc Steinorth is going to officially pull papers to run against Rutherford today. Rutherford's district primarily covers Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana as well as the mountain community of Lake Arrowhead.
In July 2017, Steinorth and several other Republicans, including Chad Mayes, voted for a cap and trade bill that will increase the cost of gas by 70 cents per gallon over the next several years. Steinorth was excoriated by activists, including American Children First, over the vote.
Interestingly, Mayes previously served as Rutherford's chief of staff and to our knowledge she never expressed any opposition to the vote.
Rutherford has been slammed by residents for supporting toll lanes.
The lack of other funding sources makes toll lanes the only viable option to widen freeways, said San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford.
“I’m not happy about it,” she said. “I would rather do without them. But there is no tax money to build more lanes. If you want more space on the freeway, this is it.”