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Controller hopeful gets more time to prove his credentials
March 18, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Juan Raigoza

Joe Galligan

Controller candidate Juan Raigoza has more time to prove he is qualified for the position based in part on experience he accumulated working in the office, a judge ruled Monday.

Raigoza, the current assistant San Mateo County controller, has until noon Thursday, March 20 to submit his credentials and a hearing is set for the following Monday, March 24.

In his motion for new trial, Raigoza’s attorney asked for the extra days to prepare an adequate response and argued that the right to run for public office is protected by the First Amendment. Attorney Jim Sutton also argued that Joe Galligan, Raigoza’s opponent who raised the qualification issue, did not give enough notice prior to a hearing last week which left his client without time to hire an attorney and review the petition fully.

Galligan’s team objected to the extension under the argument he should have been prepared to hand over the information on March 6 when he submitted the paperwork and signatures to qualify for the ballot.

“If a lawyer now needs more time to figure out if he’s qualified, I just wonder didn’t Juan know his qualifications when he filed?” Galligan said after the extension hearing.

Galligan petitioned the court last week to verify Raigoza meets the legal requirements of the office which can be met one of four ways: Be a Certified Public Accountant; or, possess a degree from an accredited four-year institution with a major in accounting or its equivalent and serve in a senior fiscal management position at a private firm, government agency or nonprofit for at least three years straight within the last five years; or, be certified as a professional internal auditor with a minimum of 16 semester units or equivalent in accounting, auditing or finance; or serve as the county auditor, chief deputy county auditor or chief assistant county auditor for at least three years continuously.

Raigoza has an accounting degree and MBA and has worked 13 years in the Controller’s Office, most recently as its second-in-command under appointed Controller Bob Adler who is backing his candidacy. Galligan contends Raigoza doesn’t meet what he believes is the definition of having five years in a senior fiscal management position. Raigoza was manager of information systems and oversaw payroll.

Galligan himself is a certified public accountant.

Prior to the Monday afternoon hearing, Raigoza reiterated his credentials in an email to the Daily Journal and the opportunity to let voters decide who is most qualified to be county controller.

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