Matt Strabone


Update: While we earned more votes than any Democrat running in a June election for Assessor-Recorder-Clerk in the history of San Diego County, it simply wasn't enough. Please accept my sincere thanks for your support throughout this long and grueling campaign.

I embarked on this campaign because I believe in the need for positive change in our local government. I will never stop working towards that goal, and I look forward to supporting candidates, activists, and leaders of all kinds who share a vision for a San Diego, a California, and an America that cares the most for those with the greatest needs, that builds healthy, sustainable, and affordable communities for everyone, and that leads with compassion, always. I hope you will too.

Thank you again for everything.


Thank you for visiting this site and learning more about our campaign!

I'm Matt Strabone, and I'm running for County Assessor / Recorder / Clerk to ensure that all San Diegans are treated fairly. Our campaign stands for these commonsense principles:

  • Pay less property tax. Nearly 150,000 homeowners in San Diego County aren't getting all the property tax exemptions they deserve. Are you one of them? We'll fix that, and we'll work with you to find other tax savings you might have missed. Here's how.
  • Eliminating corruption. I will never use the power of the office to enrich myself, misuse taxpayer money, or play favorites. We must demand better.
  • Ending bigotry. We will always serve all the people of our county, no matter who they are or who they love, equally and with an open heart.
  • Public records belong to you, the public, and we will make it easier and less expensive for you to obtain copies of them.

This is a campaign of new ideas and new energy, and with your help we will upgrade the County Assessor / Recorder / Clerk's office and make it work for all of us.

Please vote Matt Strabone for Assessor / Recorder / County Clerk on June 5, 2018.

Thank you.

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Latest news

In the News: June 1, 2018

June 1, 2018: San Diego Free Press: Documents Suggest Favoritism on San Diego County Property Tax Appeals by Assessor’s Office. It pays to have friends in high places, especially when it comes time to appeal property tax assessments in San Diego County, according to documents released via the California Public Records Act and provided to the San Diego Free Press. These documents, along with a careful analysis of campaign finance records and personal financial disclosures, suggest favoritism has been a factor in reducing the tax burdens of those with connections to County Assessor Ernest Dronenburg. A major local corporation, along with a longtime campaign contributor’s family, were among the beneficiaries, thanks to a seeming lack of interest in challenging appeals by the agency responsible for such matters. Because there was no push-back by the County, the assessment appeals process was effectively manipulated, paving the way for significant reductions in property values for Qualcomm, the largest property taxpayer in San Diego County.
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In the News: May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018: San Diego CityBeat: CityBeat's Election Endorsements. In case you missed it, we wrote a feature on ethics attorney Matt Strabone, who’s running to unseat longtime incumbent Assessor Ernest Dronenburg. The latter is banking on voter indifference to his multiple controversies (anti-gay marriage, campaign finance violations, reckless spending, etc.). Don’t be indifferent, as this race will be decided in this election. Matt Strabone is ready for the job and will be a valuable public servant in this important office that’s in charge of property taxes, property value assessments and more.
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