Riverside County’s longtime assessor-clerk-recorder, Larry Ward, announced Thursday that he will not run for re-election.
Ward, 64, was expected to seek a third term. But in recent months, Ward “reconsidered his options and the challenges of the job for the next five years,” according to a county news release.
Ward has been in the county office for more than 35 years. He was appointed to the position in 2005 when then-Assessor Gary Orso retired, and won election in 2006.
He also played a key role in the redistricting of the county supervisor districts, a process that was required after the 2010 census.
Ward plans on finishing his term, which extends through this year.
Thursday’s statement was issued through the county’s official email distribution list instead of a campaign email.
In it, Ward endorsed assistant assessor, Peter Aldana, in the June primary.
“Peter has been in the office for 25 years and shares the respect and passion that I have for the important work we do,” Ward said in the statement. “He has all the experience and credentials the job demands.”