With the June 6 Primary Election fast approaching, and the March 9 cutoff date for getting on the ballot behind us, 10 Madera County elected officials can now relax since no one had filed the necessary paper work to run against them.
Those officials include District 1 Supervisor Brett Fraizer, Superintendent of Schools Cecilia Massetti, Assessor Gary Svanda, Auditor-Controller Todd Miller, Clerk-Recorder Rebecca Martinez, Sheriff Jay Varney and Tax Collecter-Treasurer Tracy Kennedy Desmond, and Madera County Superior Court judges Dale Blea, Thomas L. Bender and James Oakley.
County officials that are facing challengers include District Attorney David Linn, District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler and District 2 Supervisor David Rogers. Two names will be on the ballot to fill the seat of retiring Superior Court Judge (office 2) - Oakhurst attorney Carol Moses and Madera attorney Brian Austin.
Running against Linn is Assistant District Attorney Paul Hornick and former county Assistant District Attorney Sally Moreno.
Wheeler has two opponents including Marc Sobel and Nokomis Hernandez. Rogers is being challenged by Al Galvez.
In the Linn and Wheeler race, where there are three or more candidates running, a candidate must receive 50% plus one vote in the June primary to win the election. If no candidate accomplishes that, the top two candidates with the most votes will face-off in November.