The challenger to the incumbent in the El Dorado County District Attorney race has withdrawn his candidacy.
“In light of my candidacy withdrawal today for the office of El Dorado County District Attorney, please join me in support of Vern Pierson for District Attorney,” a statement from Judson Henry dated and signed Monday read.
Bail bondsman and political bloodhound Chuck Holland said, “After a very extensive investigation concerning the residency and background of Mr. Henry, myself and my lawyer met with him and it was decided he will be withdrawing from the race.”
Holland noted that further discussion made it “evident he is politically naive and most likely given some bad political advisement.” He said that it was “apparent his advisors took advantage of his naiveness and did not have the best interests of El Dorado County in mind.”
Pierson echoed Holland’s sentiment.
“I appreciate Mr. Henry’s call today and offer of support,” Pierson said. “It became clear others had attempted to use him to create a distraction. I wish him the best.”
“Mr. Henry stepped up and has done a very noble thing,” Holland concluded.
Although he denies having anything to do with Henry running for DA, county Supervisor Ray Nutting collected signatures and, according to a filed FPPC Form 460, contributed $999 to his campaign — a dollar short of what would be required to report within 24 hours of receipt on a Form 497. Nutting’s listed occupation is “logger” with Nutting Logging.
In total, contributions added up to about $3,000. Henry also received a loan from FJ Gundran, who shares Henry’s business address but in a different suite, for $1,820 — the same amount as the candidate statement fee. With the loan, the total received money for the campaign was $3,600. The form submitted covered from March 7 to March 21. County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn also noted the form was filled out improperly, as there are blanks in the “occupation” column for contributors.
Inquiries had been made into Henry’s official residence and whether he was eligible for candidacy in the county, but he told News 10 he lived at a Placerville residence owned by political consultant Cris Alarcon.
“Many people might consider it inappropriate and I respect and understand that,” he told them. He cited his reason for dropping out of the race as saving his son the exposure that would accompany the campaign.
Nutting is scheduled for an April trial on conflict of interest issues, among other allegations.