Steven Hintz led the seven candidates running for treasurer-tax collector, but because nobody finished with more than 50 percent a runoff is scheduled for the November election.
Hintz finished with about 23 percent of the vote, and runner up Don Facciano--now Hintz's only opponent--had 18 percent.
Republican candidate Jeff Walker, who garnered 17 percent, just threw his support behind Hintz. Hintz posted this on his Facebook page:
Today's great news is that JEFF WALKER of Camarillo has endorsed me. Jeff brings supporters with him who wanted vigorous young-minded leadership and sound financial experience. Jeff had great ideas for bringing the TTC into the 21st century. He was very close to making the runoff. I WELCOME HIS SUPPORT.
Walker wrote, "You are the best candidate to provide stability to the office and use technology to bring it to 21st century standards. I'm proud to support your campaign."
In a post on Walker's blog, he wrote that Hintz is better equipped to transition the treasurer tax-collector position into the digital world. He said that mailing a paper tax bill runs about $2, while emailing it is obviously free.
The choice between Hintz and Walker was a tough one for conservatives. Walker is a business owner and accountant, while Hintz was a no-nonsense judge.
But conservatives aren't the only voters attracted to Hintz. Rumor has it that Democrat Warren Harwood, another former treasurer candidate, will endorse Hintz.