Tulare sheriff, DA races highlight South Valley June ballots

The Fresno BeeMarch 7, 2014 

Races for sheriff, district attorney and a county supervisor's seat headline June primary races in Tulare County.

The county also will have a recall election for a Dinuba City Council member.

In Kings County, two supervisor seats and the district attorney's post will be up in the primary.

Friday marked the filing deadline for candidates to get on the ballot. In some cases, incumbents did not seek re-election, and the deadline was extended to Wednesday.

Here are how the key races shape up:

Tulare County

Acting Sheriff Mike Boudreaux is being challenged by retired Undersheriff Dave Whaley.

District Attorney Tim Ward, the appointed incumbent, faces Ralph Kaelble, a former supervising district attorney.

Incumbent District 5 Supervisor Mike Ennis of Porterville is being challenged by Virginia Gurrola, a Porterville City Council member; Felipe Martinez, a businessman; and Greg Shelton, a self-employed businessman and Porterville City Council member.

District 3 Supervisor Steve Worthley is unopposed, as is Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak.

In Dinuba, Council Member Janet Hinesly faces a recall election. No one filed to replace her if the recall succeeds, according to a candidate list on the county's elections division website.

In Porterville, Council Member Pete McCracken is seeking re-election, but Council Member Greg Shelton is not running again. Rather, he is campaigning for supervisor. As a result, the filing period will extend to Wednesday.

As of Friday, the two seats are being sought by McCracken; John "Juan" Duran, retired inmate supervisor; Larry Harper, real estate broker; Shawn Cable, correctional sergeant; Milt Stowe, retired recreation director; Matthew Green, retired law enforcement, and Shawn Schwartzenberger, retired military.

Kings County

In Kings County, District 4 Supervisor Tony Barba did not seek re-election and the filing period is extended to Wednesday.

Seeking election to the open seat are Craig Pedersen, farmer and business manager; Sue Sorensen, business owner, dental hygienist and former city council and school board member; and Justin Bond, retired Army member.

District 3 incumbent Supervisor Doug Verboon faces challenger educator Holly Blair. District 4 Supervisor Joe Neves is unopposed.

Kings County District Attorney Greg Strickland is being challenged by attorney Keith Fagundes.

Kings County Assessor/Clerk/Recorder Ken Baird did not seek re-election. As of Friday, seeking the open seat are Dan Chin, independent businessman and former Hanford council member; A. Renee Faber, county appraiser; Kristine Lee, chief auditor-appraiser, and Ed Lopez, appraiser and contractor.

Superintendent of Schools Tim Bowers will face educator Tony Araujo.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6104, lgriswold@fresnobee.com or @fb_LewGriswold on Twitter.

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