Bry Announces Campaign for San Diego County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk
Former San Diego City Councilor Barbara Bry announced Thursday that she is running for the San Diego Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk.
Bry, a Democrat who would become the first woman to hold the elected office, said she would bring the values of accountability, fairness and transparency to a county office tasked with everything from assessing property taxes to issuance of marriage licenses.
“It’s important to remember that our property taxes support education, mental health initiatives, homelessness projects and other important programs,” she said.
She will seek to succeed longtime County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk Ernest Dronenburg, whose third four-year term expires next year. Dronenburg is a Republican and was recently chosen to be president of the California Assessors Association.
Bry served four years on San Diego City Council before seeking to be elected mayor of San Diego last year.
She was beaten by then-Congressman Todd Gloria, another former San Diego City Council member, by about 12 percentage points. It received more than 270,000 votes in the second round of the November 2020 elections.
While on the board, Bry was the first elected to call for an independent inquiry into the city’s capital lease to acquire Sempra Energy’s former headquarters at 101 Ash St.
The city has paid tens of millions of dollars to rent the vacant property, which cannot be occupied due to asbestos and other issues. The city is suing and is being sued over the real estate business.
Bry also requested an audit of the Utilities Department after complaints from hundreds of consumers about excessively high bills.
A former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Bry became a successful entrepreneur before turning to politics. She helped found several businesses before running for and winning her first term on city council in 2016.
She is committed to using her technology and business background to create a special advisory committee to come up with ways to streamline access to public records.