After more than four hours of hearing legal arguments, a San Mateo County Superior Court judge on March 24 cleared the county's assistant controller, Juan Raigoza, to run for the controller's post in June despite a legal challenge of his qualifications.
Joe Galligan, a former Burlingame councilman and mayor who now will face Mr. Raigoza on the June ballot, filed a lawsuit on March 11 questioning whether Mr. Raigoza met the legal qualifications for the controller's job.
On March 12, Judge George Miram ruled that Mr. Raigoza must submit documentation of his qualifications to Elections Officer Mark Church, who was also named in the lawsuit, so that Mr. Church "may properly exercise (his) discretion and determine whether Mr. Raigoza is qualified" to hold the post; alternatively, Mr. Raigoza was allowed to argue his case in court.
That's what happened in Judge Joseph Scott's courtroom on March 24, and Judge Scott found that "Mr. Galligan had not met his burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that Mr. Raigoza was not qualified," according to Glenn Levy, deputy county counsel. "The consequences of these findings was to leave Mr. Raigoza on the ballot," Mr. Levy said.
Neither Mr. Galligan, nor his attorney, Dennis Zell, could be reached for comment for this article.
See earlier story about the lawsuit.