Madera businesswoman Rochelle Noblett, and candidate for Madera County District 1 Supervisor, has signed a clean campaign pledge. Noblett not only pledged to refrain from sending negative mailers but also pledged not to respond to negative attacks.
"Every election cycle, I'm disappointed in the decline of discourse caused by negative campaigning. I want to set a positive tone for my campaign and pledge to the voters I will dedicate myself to the issues that matter most," Noblett said in a prepared statement.
"I encourage my opponents to join me in this pledge so that we can have a great debate about the kind of future we want for Madera County."
Other candidates. who have filed to run for the seat on the June primary ballot, are incumbent Manuel Nevarez of Madera, Ray A. Krause of O'Neals, former county supervisor John V. Silva, Gary W. Johns of Madera Ranchos, and Brett F. Frazier of Madera Ranchos, pizza restaurant operator and former City of Madera council member.
Noblett's pledge reads:
"I, Rochelle Noblett, candidate for county supervisor do hereby pledge to the people of Madera, The Ranchos, Rolling Hills, East Side Acres and all of District 1 that I have not and will not send negative mailers about my opponents or attack them in any of my campaign materials.
My campaign will be based on my experience, talent and vision for Madera County. Negative ads do not create jobs, protect water, fight crime or insure we get our fair share of state tax dollars.
I stand by my pledge and will hold to it even in the event that I am attacked. I will continue to focus on the challenges facing our community and how I can address them as your county supervisor."
In 2012, District 1 Supervisor Frank Bigelow resigned from the board after being elected to the State Assembly. The current supervisor, Nevarez, was appointed to fill the vacancy by Governor Jerry Brown.
"I think Rochelle's pledge is a breath of fresh air," said Stell Manfredi, former Madera County chief administrative officer who witnessed the pledge signing. "It will help voters make their choice based on the candidate's records and stands on the issues."
Candidate Krause, in response to Noblett's announcement, said he happily agrees to continue engaging in spirited, truthful and respectful discourse during the campaign and after the election.
"Voters have certainly had enough political negativity from recent state and federal elections to sour them on the process," Krause said. "Most of us are fed up with the shameful lack of civility and decorum displayed during and after political campaigns and elections. Of the myriad of official and alleged candidates for District 1 supervisor, I do not think there is really a bad egg in the lot."
Noblett is the owner and operator of Pete's Sport Shop in Madera, a business that has served Madera since 1959. She is a graduate of Madera High School and California State University, Fresno, and has resided in District 1 for the past 18 years.