Mendes, Parra head to November runoff for Fresno County supervisor

The Fresno BeeJune 19, 2014 

Buddy Mendes and Daniel Parra will face off in November for the Fresno County Supervisor District 4 seat after the final votes from the June 3 primary were tabulated Thursday.

Though Mendes, a Riverdale rancher who has held many local board seats, was far ahead of Parra on Election night, he did not reach the 50% plus one vote needed to clinch the seat. Mendes secured 49.2% of the votes, and Parra, a computer systems analyst who serves on the Fowler City Council, received 21.1%.

The men are seeking to replace Judy Case McNairy, who is retiring. District 4 stretches along the south end of Fresno County from Coalinga to Orange Cove.

Because the count was so close and it was taking so long to complete, Mendes said he's been in "November mode" since the first results were released.

He remains confident in his local supporters.

"We're going to finish what we started," Mendes said.

Parra said he looks forward to a good contest with his opponent.

"I'm going to plan to work it hard and keep getting votes like we've been doing," he said.

In the race for the District 1 Supervisor seat, Fresno City Council Member Blong Xiong was just eight votes ahead of Brian Pacheco, a Kerman-area school trustee and farmer. They will also head to a runoff in the Nov. 4 election. They seek to replace Supervisor Phil Larson, who is retiring.

The final results released Thursday also settled several local measures in Fresno County.

Voters approved bond measures for Kingsburg Joint Union High and Parlier Unified school districts.

Bond measures fell short for Pine Ridge Elementary and Golden Plains Unified school districts.

Also falling short of the votes needed for approval were the Parlier police and fire tax measure and renewal of Fresno County's abandoned vehicle abatement program and the vehicle registration fees that fund it.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com

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