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11 compete for seats on state tax commission

California is the only state with an elected tax commission, and this year 11 candidates are vying for positions on the panel. The obscure yet powerful Board of Equalization is responsible for administering tax policies and ruling on appeals from businesses and residents. Four members are elected to represent vast districts, each with roughly 9.5 million residents. A fifth seat on the board is filled by the state controller. "Our job is to minimize the frustration of taxation," said Jerome Horton, a Democrat and the board's chairman. A former legislator, he is running unopposed for reelection to his second full term, representing the Los Angeles area. The competition...