Tuesday's election was definitely a mixed bag for the Strickland family. While state Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, easily captured the GOP nomination for state controller, his wife's bid for a seat on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors fell way short.
Audra Strickland, who succeeded her husband in the Assembly but is being forced out of the Legislature by term limits, wanted to run for Ventura treasurer-tax collector but was thwarted when county supervisors rewrote specifications for the office, making her ineligible. She then decided to challenge Supervisor Linda Parks but Parks captured nearly two-thirds of the vote.
Tony Strickland faces an uphill battle as the Republican nominee for state controller since he's dueling with Democratic incumbent John Chiang and incumbents in down-ballot statewide races are almost never defeated -- especially Democratic incumbents in a state with a strong Democratic registration margin.
The good news for the Strickland family is that even if Strickland loses his bid for controller, he was just elected to the Senate in 2008, so he won't be termed out until 2016. And of course his wife could then run for his Senate seat.