Sheriff Anderson set to endorse Salvador

Madera County Undersheriff Michael Salvador has announced a Tuesday press conference where Sheriff John Anderson will endorse him in his bid to be the county’s next sheriff.

Salvador is facing Chowchilla Police Chief Jay Varney in the Nov. 4 general election.

The press conference will be held at 11 a.m. at the Madera Historical Society Museum in Courthouse Park in Madera (209 W. Yosemite Ave.).

On Friday, Sheriff Anderson said he has worked with Salvador for 16 years.

“He (Salvador) knows the people, he knows the processes, he knows the budget, and he has a great grasp of our entire operation,” Anderson said.

“When I first came to Madera County from the California Highway Patrol in 1998, I knew “management and cops and robbers,” but did not know the sheriff department’s operations,” Anderson added.

“I had a steep learning curve for the first several months,” Anderson said. “Michael does not have that learning curve. He has been in the No. 2 position for almost two years and knows the sheriff’s department well. He will make a good Madera County sheriff.”

“I’m honored that someone I consider a mentor to me, feels confident in my abilities to run the sheriff’s department after he retires,” Salvador said. “I’ve worked with Sheriff Anderson for 16 years, and over that time he has promoted me three times. I was his first Sergeant promotion in 2000.”

Salvador called the endorsement from the four-term Anderson “extremely valuable to my campaign ... it validates my qualifications and springboards my campaign into the absentee ballot season which begins around Oct. 6.”

In addition to Anderson, Salvador has received endorsements from three other sheriffs — Kings County Sheriff Dave Robinson, Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux, and Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies. He has also received endorsements from former Madera County Sheriff Ed Bates, and from three primary election sheriff candidates — Dennis Fairbanks, Gregg Noll, and Michael Kime.

“I’m happy for the endorsement of four men who know what being a sheriff is all about,” Salvador said.

Varney was the leading vote getter in the June primary election with 31.3% (5,642) of the vote while Salvador received 21.4% (3,859).