Voters can vote for Lower Taxes in the County Assessor race. Literally. Candidate John Lower Taxes Loew is challenging incumbent Rick Auerbach, a Diamond Bar resident, for the seat. Loew, a deputy county assessor, legally changed his name – for $30 – while running for the seat in 2000 because he couldn’t afford to pay for a ballot statement but wanted to let voters know what he stood for. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I have not accepted any campaign contributions,” Loew said. The assessor’s job is to appraise property and tax homeowners accordingly. Auerbach, who has been in office for six years, said since he’s held the job, taxpayers have been billed faster so they don’t forget about it, and have quicker access to services the office provides. Loew said if he’s elected, he promises homeowners who are being assessed more than what their home is actually worth will automatically pay lower taxes. Auerbach said he is pleased his opponent changed his name. What’s more, it will work against the challenger, he insisted. “I believe voters won’t take him seriously as a candidate,” Auerbach said. Loew begs to differ. “He’s entitled to his opinion,” Loew said. “But I’m getting a phenomenal response from everyone I talk to.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!