January 7, 2018: Voice of San Diego: Politics Report; County Assessor Feels Heat.
Obscure Race, Real Challenger: Matt Strabone, the lawyer running for County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk against the incumbent, Ernie Dronenburg, got a backhanded compliment from one of Dronenburg’s staff members this week.
“One our own is need of help. Ernie Dronenburg, Jr. – our Lincoln Club endorsed candidate for County Assessor/ Recorder/ Clerk – has a challenger that is real,” Marks wrote. He pointed to an article in Politico that discussed the race and a PAC that was supporting Strabone.
November 15, 2017: San Diego Free Press: County Elections Matter: Matt Strabone’s Campaign for Assessor/Recorder/Clerk.
Meet Matt Strabone, the ‘viable non-appointed candidate’ and man with a plan to bring good government practices to the low profile county office that touches virtually every San Diegan.
Candidate Strabone made local political radar with a record (for the office involved) $50,000 in contributions reported in June. Since then he’s racked up a hefty list of endorsements.
In a recent interview, Strabone stressed his vision for good government, saying elected officials had an obligation to explain their services to any group willing to provide a forum, including non-profits, church, and area planning groups.
October 17, 2017: Politico: 'Run for Something' backs dozens of candidates.
Run for Something, the organizing and empowerment group urging young progressives to run for local office, added 37 more endorsements on Tuesday... A hopeful running for San Diego County Assessor / Recorder / Clerk got the nod.
July 20, 2017: Times of San Diego: San Diego Democratic Party Endorses Sheriff, DA, Assessor Candidates.
The next primary election is a year away, but the San Diego County Democratic Party is already beginning to release endorsements. Endorsements made Tuesday were Matt Strabone for Assessor / Recorder / County Clerk...
“I am delighted to have earned the endorsement of the San Diego County Democratic Party,” said Strabone. “Following our campaign’s recent fundraising record, this is yet another example of the momentum we are building all across San Diego County.”
July 3, 2017: Times of San Diego: Candidate for County Assessor in 2018 claims fundraising record.
With nearly $50,000 raised from individual contributions, Strabone said he has raised more money by this point in the campaign than any candidate for the office in the history of the county.
"Our anti-corruption message of transparency and accountability is resonating all across San Diego County and I am more determined than ever to make county government work for all of us."
Our campaign has achieved a record-breaking fundraising total following the June 30 reporting deadline. With nearly $50,000 raised from individual contributions, we have raised more money by this point in the campaign than any candidate for Assessor / Recorder / County Clerk in the history of San Diego County!
Matt said: “I am honored and humbled by the historic level of support our campaign has received. Our anti-corruption message of transparency and accountability is resonating all across San Diego County and I am more determined than ever to make county government work for all of us. We will continue working as hard as we can through Election Day and beyond.”
We've met our first fundraising target, but we have many more to go! Join us and contribute to our campaign today!
April 9, 2017: East County Magazine: Matt Strabone launches campaign for Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk.
"Bigotry and corruption should have no place in this office."
"From impartial and fair property tax assessment to ensuring that you can quickly and easily access your own public records and documents, our primary commitment will always be to provide excellent customer service to everyone,” Strabone states.
April 6, 2017: Times of San Diego: Lawyer hits ‘culture of corruption’ in joining county clerk race vs. Dronenburg.
“I think there is a larger culture of corruption at play here, and it’s important that we confront it and get rid of it,” Strabone said.
Dronenburg, 73, also fails to do an adequate job educating San Diego County residents about property tax exemptions, such as the Disabled Veterans’ Exemption, Strabone said. “Outreach about this important program will be a priority for me."
April 5, 2017: Voice of San Diego: Riding Trump opposition, two challengers take on comfortable incumbents.
Strabone announced Tuesday he’s challenging Ernest Dronenburg for county assessor/recorder/clerk.
“It’s become clear that we can’t close our eyes and hope that things get better,” Strabone said. “We need to step forward and try to make society better ourselves, especially at the local level.”