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County assessor to run in June election

County assessor to run in June election

Stanislaus County Assessor Don Gaekle is seeking reelection.

POSTED April 8, 2014 7:39 p.m.



Stanislaus County Assessor Don Gaekle, who has been acting as County Assessor since being appointed in October due to an immediate vacancy, announced today that he will be adding his name to the ballot in the June primary election with hopes to serve a full term.

Appointed by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors six months ago, Gaekle was selected to fulfill the vacant County Assessor position when incumbent Dave Cogdill resigned mid-term to take a position in the private sector. Due to his experience, Gaekle says that he holds the needed qualifications to continue serving as County Assessor if elected by county residents.

“The job of County Assessor is a technical position, not a political position,” said Gaekle. “Because of that, it is important that the position be held by someone who has the requisite technical savvy and the relevant professional experience.”

Prior to being appointed as the acting Assessor, Gaekle served as Assistant County Assessor after working in the Assessor’s Office as a Senior and Supervising Appraiser for residential and commercial properties. Other qualifications held by Gaekle include holding an Advanced Appraisal Certificate with the State Board of Equalization and being a member of the California Assessor’s Association. Additionally, Gaekle holds a Bachelor of Bio-Agricultural Science degree from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and is a graduate of Grace M. Davis High School in Modesto. He has also been involved with various community organizations, such as the Modesto Gateway Rotary Club where he served as president, the Community Hospice Foundation Board, and the St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Riverbank.

Having worked within the Stanislaus County Assessor’s Office since 1986, Gaekle says his 27 years of experience is integral to fulfilling the position.

“[Gaekle] has proven himself to be an exemplary manager of people as well as resources,” said former Stanislaus County Assessor Mike DeFerrari. “Don has a thorough knowledge of assessment laws and practices with a high standard of integrity, treating every property owner fairly.”

Overseeing and determining the annual tax assessments and valuation of all properties within Stanislaus, the County Assessor’s Office also works to keep county residents aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding property tax laws through various community-outreach efforts. According to the office, the total residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural property valuations in Stanislaus County now exceed $35 billion, while schools, cities, special districts and the county itself all receive major funding from the property tax system.

Running against Gaekle is Turlock City Councilmember and Modesto Police Officer Amy Bublak, who announced her candidacy in early March.


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