Mims, so far unopposed, will seek third term as Fresno Co sheriff

Posted by John Ellis on February 28, 2014 

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims

Two long-serving Fresno County supervisors are retiring, putting their seats up for grabs. The District Attorney’s race is competitive for the first time in a dozen years. Assessor Paul Dictos has a challenger.

Given all that Fresno County action, it’s easy to forget that multiple other county-level seats are up for election this year. For instance, Clerk Brandi Orth and Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector Vicki Crow are both seeking re-election — and are so far unopposed.

Then there’s arguably one of the highest-profile seats of all — Fresno County sheriff. As with Orth and Crow, incumbent Margaret Mims is going to seek reelection. She also is unchallenged to date as looks to win a third term as the county’s top cop.

If anybody is going to step up, they have a week. The candidate filing period closes on March 7, unless the incumbent doesn’t seek reelection. In those cases, the filing period is extended by five days.

By all accounts, Mims, 59, will be unopposed.

She raised more than $45,000 last year and has more than $105,000 in her campaign account as of Dec. 31.

Nobody seems to be seriously considering taking Mims on.

She was first elected in 2006, finishing second in a five-person primary election before posting a narrow win in the November general election over retired California Highway Patrol Capt. — and now Coalinga police chief — Cal Minor.

Mims was unopposed in 2010.

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