Larry Ward, Riverside County's Assessor-Clerk-Recorder, announced today that he will not seek re-election to a third term. Ward has been with the office for over 35 years and was appointed to the position by the Board of Supervisors in 2005, when former Assessor Gary Orso retired. He was elected to his first term in 2006.
He intends to spend more time with family, including his wife and three grandchildren, and pursue other interests. Ward, 64, had announced earlier that he would seek re-election but said that over the past few months, he reconsidered his options and the challenges of the job for the next five years.
"It is time for me to step aside after dedicating the last nine years to doing absolutely the best job I could," he said.
Ward said he will endorse his assistant assessor, Peter Aldana, in the primary election in June.
"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. "He has all the experience and credentials the job demands."
Ward said it has been an honor and privilege to serve Riverside County residents as their elected Assessor, and that he will complete his term with the same effort he has dedicated to the position since 2005.