The position of Stanislaus County Assessor is, in normal election years, a lightly contested, non-partisan post.
This election season has been anything but normal, with Turlock City Councilmember and Modesto Police Officer Amy Bublak launching a fierce challenge to incumbent Assessor Don Gaekle.
The Bublak campaign is now running television ads in Stanislaus County, touting her management and budget experience, Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and her status as a former All-American “Athelete” (sp). The ad states she will protect taxpayers and bring new jobs to Stanislaus County.
“Amy Bublak, the only choice for taxpayers as our next Stanislaus County Assessor,” the ad says. “… Amy Bublak is the only candidate who has earned our trust to clean up this office.”
Bublak shared the video on Facebook and may be viewed at this link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=565907646862793
And the Bublak campaign has been running Facebook advertisements too, touting Bublak as “The Republican choice for Stanislaus County Assessor, endorsed by Congressman Jeff Denham.” Her television ad states she is the only candidate “endorsed by leaders of both parties.”
The Stanislaus County Assessor is a non-partisan position, and no political affiliation is stated on ballots. The Assessor is responsible for assigning values to each Stanislaus County property, ultimately determining the property tax charged.
The Gaekle campaign is spending far less on the Assessor’s race. But the sitting Assessor has experience on his side, he says.
Gaekle already serves as Stanislaus County Assessor, though he was not elected to the position. Gaekle was appointed to the post in October, 2013, following the departure of former Assessor Dave Cogdill, now the CEO of the California Building Industry Association.
Gaekle has worked at the Assessor’s office for 27 years, beginning as a residential appraiser in 1986. He holds an Advanced Certificate of Appraisal from the State Board of Equalization, is a member of the California Assessor’s Association, and President-Elect of the Central-Southern Assessor’s Association.
“This proven hands-on assessment and management experience is why former Assessors David E. Cogdill, Sr. MAI, Doug Harms and Mike DeFerrari have endorsed my candidacy,” Gaekle said. “Combined, they possess over 100 years of leadership in both fee appraisal work and in the assessment of property for taxation. I am proud to have their confidence.”
Bublak currently has no assessor certification, which is required to hold the position. She would have one year after being elected to attain the certification.
Bublak counters that leading the Assessor’s Office isn’t necessarily about the nuts and bolts of assessing property values. It’s about leadership, which Bublak says she has in spades.
The Stanislaus County Assessor earns $140,948.08 in annual salary.
Incumbent Assessor Don Gaekle's website: www.dongaekle.com
Assessor Candidate Amy Bublak's website: www.amybublak.com
Bublak Running for County Assessor, Facing Gaekle