Political Notebook

May 15, 2014

Case McNairy endorses Mendes for her supervisor's seat

Political Notebook

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Fresno County Supervisor Judy Case McNairy said she is endorsing candidate Buddy Mendes of Riverdale as her replacement.

Mendes is the leading money raiser among five candidates running to replace Case McNairy. Case McNairy said Mendes is a community leader with "very well-rounded experiences."

Mendes is the only registered Republican in the race for Case McNairy's seat. Case McNairy, also a Republican, is the senior member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, having first won election in 1998.

Her endorsement was long awaited. She previously endorsed Brian Pacheco in the campaign for the retiring Phil Larson's district one board seat.

But she was slow to back a candidate for her post and said she was not planning to endorse during the primary because she also works with other candidates.

She decided to back Mendes because she has worked with him in Riverdale since becoming supervisor. She referred to his many capacities as a farmer and businessman, Riverdale Community Services District board member, Southwest Transportation Agency board member and Riverdale Joint Unified School District trustee.

"I really liked his credentials the best and there has been a big groundswell for him in District Four and that's real positive," she said.

Other candidates include: Steve Rapada of Reedley; Daniel Parra of Fowler; Magdalena Gomez of Parlier; and Amandip Singh Gill of Selma.

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