Bordonaro steps down as local Republican chair
June 8, 2010
Former state assemblyman and current county assessor Tom Bordonaro is no longer chair of the county Republican Central Committee.
Bordonaro, who remains on the committee, recently gave up the chairmanship, according to multiple sources, in order to endorse Katcho Achadjian in today’s Republican primary race for state assembly.
“This is going to be an extremely tight race,” one local Republican said. “Tom’s wife has been a consultant to Katcho’s campaign. I think they’re worried about the outcome and Tom wanted to do everything possible to help Katcho win.”
According to committee by-laws, the chairperson can’t endorse any Republican candidate in a primary election. Bordonaro has lent his name to radio spots and printed materials supporting Achadjian.
The four-way fight for the Republican nomination includes Achadjian, Etta Waterfield, Matt Kokkonen, and Fred Strong. Sources indicate that Bordonaro and Achadjian are particularly concerned about Waterfield, a political neophyte expected to run strong in northern Santa Barbara County.