Supervisor Dougherty Says He Will Run for 4th Term

Times Staff Writer

Ventura County Supervisor James R. Dougherty of Simi Valley, ending months of speculation, said Tuesday that he will seek a fourth term next year.

"I still get satisfaction out of the job, and I think I have something to offer," Dougherty, 54, said at a budget hearing.

He said seizing the assets of drug dealers, fighting air pollution and reducing traffic are high-priority goals.

Dougherty said he even enjoys the laborious deliberations over the county budget.

"I like to know where the money is," he said.

Dougherty said he has weighed entering the race for several months and opted to make a decision before leaving for vacation in August.

It is unknown who he will face at the polls in June. Simi Valley Mayor Vicky Howard and Simi Valley political consultant Jim Dantona, a member of the county Transportation Commission, have been suggested as possible candidates. But they have both said they will not run against the popular Dougherty.

Dougherty said he has $82,000 in campaign money. He estimated that a full-blown campaign would cost about $100,000.

The term of Supervisor Madge L. Schaefer of Thousand Oaks also ends next year. She has not said whether she will seek a second term.

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