John R. Noguez earned a commanding victory this week in the race to become the next Los Angeles County assessor. Noguez, a deputy assessor who also serves as mayor of Huntington Park, outpaced John Y. Wong, chairman of the assessment appeals board, 60% to 40%.
"I'm very excited," Noguez said Wednesday. "I believe the constituents believe that I will continue the legacy of continued excellence."
Noguez, 45, who has worked in the assessor's office for a quarter of a century, promised to continue reducing assessments of properties that have lost value and reaching out to property taxpayers in other languages, such as Spanish, Chinese, Farsi and Armenian.
He said the department will move forward on a revamp of its computer system, which Wong criticized as being difficult to understand for taxpayers seeking to appeal assessments.
Noguez said he will be sworn in Dec. 6 and will step down as Huntington Park mayor.
Wong, 61, a Monterey Park businessman, said Noguez obtained a key early advantage by buying up positions in mailed slate cards.