Term: Four years
Tasks: Central banker for the county, responsible for property tax collections and investments. More than $1 billion flows through the office annually.
Ortiz has firsthand knowledge of both the position’s responsibilities and the office operations. He’s played a big part in the county’s strong track record of keeping taxpayer funds solvent and secure. It's also commendable that he wants to get active at the state level to ease burdens for citizens most at risk for delinquency and property foreclosure. Ortiz is the clear choice in this race.
Good intentions are obviously behind Latta’s candidacy, but other than vague disapproval of how the office is run, it’ not clear why Latta is in this race. Of particular concern is the fact that he has little related financial experience. He admits to a lack of familiarity with county investment practices, so he can’t describe his plan for the money in anything but generalities.