Fresno County Assessor-Recorder Paul Dictos ruffled some feathers during his first term in office. This is especially true among the local agricultural community, especially after Dictos’ office raised property taxes for thousands of agricultural landowners.
There were rumblings that an opponent would be found to challenge Dictos.
Is Michael Goossen that person?
Last week, the Sanger Republican filed a candidate statement for county assessor-recorder. The filing marks an about-face for Goossen, who for months had planned to run for Congress against incumbent Fresno Democrat Jim Costa.
Goossen couldn’t be reached for comment, but he went into detail about the change in direction on his Facebook page.
“After spending several months pursuing a run for Congress I have decided to shift my efforts from a national office to a local office,” he wrote. “I have thus decided to run for Fresno County Assessor. I am currently in the roll out phase and plan to launch the first of January.”
Not long after, former Assessor-Recorder Bob Werner posted a reply: “Let’s talk.”
Goossen’s Facebook page says he’s a certified public accountant who is “self-employed as a financial management and executive coaching consultant.”
He also describes his political views as conservative and writes often of the Tea Party on his Facebook page.
Dictos has said for months that he’s ready if challenged.
Already, he’s put out endorsement lists, that includes both the Fresno Police Officers Association and Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association, as well as the Fresno Chamber of Commerce and politicians as varied as Fresno City Council Member Lee Brand and Fresno County Supervisor Henry R. Perea.