Retired Superior Court Judge Steven Hintz made a big statement Wednesday when he announced that he's running for treasurer-tax collector--and loaning his campaign committee $150,000 of his own money.
The money should make any potential opponents have second thoughts.
Hintz seeks to replace the retiring Larry Matheney, whose seat garnered much attention lately when the Ventura County Board of Supervisors effectively ended Audra Strickland's campaign for it by establishing educational criteria. Hintz believes that some business classes he took satisfies the requirement.
He also earned a law degree in 1971 from UC Berkeley, which must have been some interesting times for a law-and-order type. He became a JAG, joined the Ventura County DA's office, then was appointed to be a judge in 1982. The Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association named him Judge of the Year in 1984 and 1988.
In 1992, he was reproved by the California Commission of Judicial Performance for exceeding the lawful authority of his position. He had ordered his bailiffs to search people in his courtroom for weapons and outstanding arrest warrants. I think he should have been awarded another Judge of the Year award for that.
Judge Hintz is a lifetime member of the NRA, and an avid train buff who builds model train sets. He also oversaw a $2.8 million budget as the CFO for the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, which maintains a museum in Old Town Sacramento.
It will be interesting to see if Hintz's hefty loan will clear the field of competitors, now that the person who was his biggest obstacle is running for county supervisor.