There will be major challenges for the next class of California lawmakers, and the state deserves representatives who can work across the aisle to get things done. In two Assembly races representing parts of the San Joaquin Valley, there are a pair of candidates well-prepared for the task.
In the 5th Assembly District, we support Republican Frank Bigelow, the longtime Madera County supervisor. In the 23rd District, we support Republican Bob Whalen, a Clovis City Council member.
Bigelow has the energy needed to represent the sprawling 5th District, which stretches from South Lake Tahoe to south of Mammoth Lakes, and dips into Madera County.
As we said in our primary election recommendation of Bigelow, he is the best candidate for this nine-county district. As a county supervisor, Bigelow understands how legislative actions in Sacramento affect local governments.
In the 23rd District, Whalen, a Fresno County prosecutor, has shown the ability to bring people together. That will be important in working with the Democratic majority in the Assembly.