The race for two seats on the Fresno Co Board of Supervisors starts early

August 26, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The five member Fresno County Board of Supervisors is currently dominated by a conservative Republican four member majority, but that could change next year.

Supervisor Judy Case has announced she is not seeking re-election to the District 4 seat which includes the cities of Kingsburg, Reedley, Selma and Fowler.

Two candidates are already in the running. Riverdale farmer Buddy Mendes says he will continue Cases policies.

"If you like Judy, you will like me," Mendes said. Danny Parra, the Mayor Pro tem of Fowler says he's conservative, but more flexible than Case. "Definitely more moderate," Parra said.

There is a difference between the candidates on the issues. Mendes says he will follow Judy Case's conservative hard line with county employees and their unions, while Parra says he wants to give employees a break.

"I'll be in line with Judy."Mendes said.

Judy backed a nine percent wage cut for thousands of county workers.

Parra would be in line with to lone Democrat on the board, Henry Perea. Who sided with the employees and organized labor.

"I support their issue I think they should be made whole for the wages they lost the last couple years," Perea said. "Other areas have been made whole, and I believe they should be made whole also.

The other potential shake up involves the District One seat held by Phil Larson. He suffered a recent health problem and will announce whether he will seek reelection on his 80th birthday in less than two weeks. Organized labor is expected to back a candidate for that seat which includes west Fresno and the communities of Kerman and Mendota.


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