Deputies back Duran, GOP sides with Rockholm, in Placer County supes race

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Candidates in the Roseville-area race for supervisor have snagged new high-profile endorsements. Challenger Jack Duran has wrapped up support from the Placer County Deputy Sheriff’s Association while incumbent Supervisor Rocky Rockholm has won the backing of the Placer County Republican Central Committee. Rockholm said he had expected the deputy’s association to endorse his opponent because of Duran’s strong labor union support. He pointed to his own endorsements by Sheriff Ed Bonner and Scott Owens, the likely successor to retiring District Attorney Brad Fenocchio, as better indicators of his strong support of law enforcement even during a fiscal downturn for the county. Duran wrested the deputy endorsement from Rockholm, who had the organization’s support four years ago when he won the District 1 seat. Both sought the endorsement, although Rockholm said he wasn’t surprised the deputies are backing his opponent after his decision last year to vote in favor of raising the share of healthcare costs deputies would pay. Duran is the son of a career deputy sheriff while Rockholm is a retired Roseville Police Department sergeant. Andrew Scott, vice president of the deputy’s association, said the organization – representing District Attorney’s Office investigators and the county’s welfare fraud unit – “took a long, hard look at their experience, values and commitment to making Placer County safer and stronger.” “We believe Jack Duran has the courage, character and commitment to restore public accountability,” Scott said. While Rockholm’s supervisorial post is a non-partisan one, he has emphasized the labor and Democratic Party ties Duran has as negatives in a Republican stronghold. Rockholm said the Republican Party support should help his campaign because of the exposure it will give him through their slate of candidates. “Certainly I’d rather have it than not,” Rockholm said. Kent Pollock, a spokesman for the Rockholm campaign, said that voters should also be considering endorsement’s the supervisor has from three of four Roseville Union High School District trustees who serve with Duran. “Rocky’s list of endorsements is strong in comparison with Duran’s,” Pollock said. “And the people who have worked most closely with Duran have endorsed Rocky.” Duran, who has served as a deputy attorney general with the state Department of Justice, said he believes public safety needs to be a top priority for government. “I’m proud to have the endorsement of the Placer County Deputy Sheriff’s Association,” Duran said. “Their support sends a strong message about the growing momentum behind our campaign to restore common sense priorities and taxpayer trust to Placer County government.” Rockholm said that despite the absence of support from the association, he’ll continue to make public safety his No. 1 priority.