Cliby will challenge Wheeler in next election

Krause will run for District 1 supervisor

editor@sierrastar.com, ttuell@sierrastar.comJuly 9, 2013 

Two Madera County residents — Coarsegold resident Paul Cliby and O'Neals resident Ray Krause — have recently expressed a desire to run for supervisor, representing District 5 and District 1, respectively.

Cliby, 57, plans to run against District 5 incumbent Tom Wheeler in 2014.

Cliby has lived in Yosemite Lakes Park for 27 years and has been a firefighter for 34 years. Currently he is a firefighter specialist for the City of Fresno and a volunteer firefighter at Yosemite Lakes Park Station 10.

Cliby said he's been thinking of running for supervisor for eight years, but at that time YLP was located in District 1. When the county re-drew district lines in 2011, YLP became part of District 5.

Cliby said he hopes to be supervisor in order to give back to the community — something he has enjoyed doing as a firefighter.

Cliby also volunteers with the Eastern Madera County Food Bank, has been vice chair of the City of Fresno Fire and Police Retirement Board since 2002, and he was also a volunteer with the Madera County Sheriff's Department Search & Rescue team for more than 10 years.

However, there is one thing Cliby does want to fight — YARTS (Yosemite Area Rapid Transit System).

"I think YARTS needs to go away, because that will kill the Oakhurst/Coarsegold area," he said.

He plans on filing his 'intent to run' papers with the county clerk in the near future.

On Tuesday, July 3, Krause filed his Candidate Intention Statement (Form 501) to run for District 1 Madera County Supervisor.

Krause currently represents District 1 on the Madera County Planning Commission and owns and operates Westbrook Wine Farm with his wife, Tammy, in O'Neals.

He is also a founding member of the Madera Vintners Association and past president of the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau.

Krause, 68, interviewed for the position of District 1 Supervisor earlier this year, but Governor Jerry Brown appointed Manuel Nevarez, 41, of Madera to fill the seat left vacant when Frank Bigelow was elected as the new representative for the 5th Assembly District in November.

At the time of the governor's appointment, Krause said he was disappointed, but while the decision may have been a foregone conclusion, the process was handled professionally. He said at the time he would be participating in the 2014 election.

Nevarez has made the decision to replace Krause on the planning commission with Tom Hurst, owner of Hurst Hardware in Madera Ranchos.

"Some of my constituents in my district voiced concern to me that they were not being properly represented on the planning commission," Nevarez said. "I asked some constituents in the my district for some suggestions of who would be good to be on the planning commission and after a 30 day search through community leaders, I decided on Tom Hurst, a respected businessman in the district, if he would be interested in sitting on the commission and he accepted. I notified Mr. Krause of that decision about a week ago and thanked him for his service on the commission."

Supervisors are expected to vote soon on Nevarez's appointment of Hurst to the planning commission.

Krause has represented District 1 on the planning commission for three years after being appointed to the position by then Supervisor Frank Bigelow.

Krause said he was dedicated to the planning commission.

"My record as commissioner the past three years in supporting Madera County value added agriculture, real employment creation, property rights and orderly, attractive and sustainable growth is a matter of record and speaks for itself. I have had an authentic dedication and effectiveness in continually improving upon our safety, economy, opportunity, employment and respect for our heritage and environment. No petty politics, just good planning and execution."

Other races in next June's primary will be for sheriff, with four-term John Anderson retiring — Greg Noll and Dennis Fairbanks have announced they will run for sheriff.

Oakhurst attorney David Linn is the only candidate at this time who has announced he will run against Michael Keitz, incumbent district attorney.

None of those who have announced they will run for office in 2014 officially become candidates until they 'declare candidacy' between Feb. 10 and March 7, 2014.

The primary election will be held in June, 2014, with the general election held in November of that year.

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