Candidate deadlines extended in Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Madera counties

Correction: An earlier version of this story based on information from the Kings County Elections Office incorrectly reported that the filing deadline was extended for two Lemoore City Council races because the incumbents were not seeking re-election.

The filing date to seek election to seats on several city councils and school boards in Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Madera counties has been automatically extended after incumbents for the Nov. 4 general election did not file by last week's deadline.

The new deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Incumbents may not file.

In Fresno Unified, two candidates have filed so far for the seat being vacated by Trustee Michelle Asadoorian: businessman Brooke Ashjian and school cafeteria worker Ruben Martinez.

Two other Fresno Unified school board seats are contested. Trustee Cal Johnson, who represents the southwest Fresno area, is facing three challengers: businesswoman Debbie Darden, school coach Christian Flemming and a newcomer who filed papers Friday named Charles Watkins "Muhammad." Board President Valerie Davis will face off against one competitor, veteran candidate Esmeralda Diaz. Trustee Christopher De La Cerda is running unopposed.

Meanwhile in Dinuba, Ward 2 Council Member Janet Hinesly, who successfully fought off a recall attempt in June, did not file by the Friday deadline.

Hinesly said Monday that she planned to serve only one term, a decision cemented when her husband received an adverse medical diagnosis.

So far, Nathaniel Mendoza, a pastor, is the only candidate for the seat. Maribel Reynoso, no ballot designation given, took out papers but has yet to file them, according to Tulare County elections.

In Dinuba Ward 4, Aldo Gonzalez did not seek re-election; Kuldip Thusu, a small business owner, is so far the only candidate. Maria McElroy, corporate trainer, took out papers but has not filed them.

But in Ward 3, incumbent Scott Harness is seeking re-election and is being challenged by Sal Medina, business owner, and Armando Longoria, martial arts instructor.

The deadline has been extended for three seats each on the Exeter, Farmersville and Woodlake city councils. Candidates run city-wide and the top three vote-getters win.

In Exeter, incumbents Jack Allwardt and Teresa Boyce are now on the ballot with Gordon Gerdes, business owner, and Mary Waterman, self-employed.

In Farmersville, incumbents Larry Miller and Leonel Benavides are on the ballot with Freddy Espinoza Jr., carpenter, Matt Sisk, service manager, and Paul Boyer, community development director.

In Woodlake, incumbents Frances Ortiz and Gregorio Gonzalez Jr. are on the ballot with William Lewis, retired city administrator, Shirley Moran, records clerk, Mikey Navarro, bookkeeper, and Charles "Chuck" Ray, fireman, Florencio Guerra Jr., social worker, and Tony Romero, industrial service technician.

Meanwhile, for Hanford City Council Area A, incumbent Jim Irwin did not seek re-election. David G. Ayers, physical therapist, and Tyler Vierra, law school graduate, are the candidates so far.

In Hanford Area E, incumbent Julia Jolee Jameson did not seek election. David Thomas, business owner, and Justin Mendes, district director, have filed for election to the seat.

And in Hanford Area D, incumbent Lou Martinez is being challenged by Francisco "Frank" Ramirez, parent/businessman.

In the Tulare City Council Area 2, which had no incumbent since the city recently switched to district elections, the candidates are Ben Brubaker, grocery store manager, Arthur Cabello Sr., retired, and Maritsa Castellanoz Munoz, insurance agent.

In Tulare Area 4, incumbent David Macedo is being challenged by Nathan B. Terry, rescue mission director.

In Lindsay, incumbents Daniel Salinas and Ramona Padilla are being challenged by Eric Eugene Perfecto Sinclair, account executive, Timothy Daubert, retired truck driver, Alberto Gutierrez, sales coordinator, and Lorena Vazquez, self sufficiency counselor.

For College of the Sequoias Ward 1, incumbent Gregory Sherman is being challenged by Laurel Barton, grantwriter and city analyst. Ward 2 incumbent Kenneth Nunes is unopposed, as is Ward 5 incumbent John Zumwalt.

Several school boards in Kings and Tulare counties, including for Dinuba Unified, Farmersville Unified, Porterville Unified and Tulare Joint Union High, have also had their filing dates extended because incumbents did not file.

In Madera Unified, the nomination period has been extended until Wednesday for trustee Area 5, where incumbent Michael J. Salvador did not file for reelection. Businessman Al Galvez is the only candidate to qualify so far for the Area 5 seat.

Three other Madera Unified seats are contested. Area 2 incumbent Lynn Cogdill has two challengers: real estate broker Ed McIntyre and business official Jimmy Monreal. Area 4 incumbent Maria Velarde-Garcia will face social worker Ron Montoya and controller Philip Huerta. And Area 7 incumbent Jose Rodriguez will face business manager Brent A. Fernandes.


  • In Central Unified, all four races are up for grabs: Trustee Phil Rusconi has two challengers, Nick Espinoza and businessman Cesar Granda. Trustee Judith Geringer will run against Ruben Coronado, an accountant, and Julia Montoya Shields, a mortgage loan officer. Two competitors are running against Trustee George Wilson, Jr.: school bus driver Becky Vanoni and Richard Atkins. Trustee Diana Milla will face off against businessman Rama Dawar.
  • All three Clovis Unified trustees up for re-election are unopposed.
  • Ron Nishinaka, vice president for the State Center Community College District Board of Trustees, is running unopposed. Trustee Dorothy "Dottie" Smith has one challenger, Fresno Unified administrator Miguel Arias. Trustee Isabel Barreras is running against Robert Kahn, an economic development director.
  • Five candidates have filed for election to the Lemoore City Council. The candidates are incumbent Willard Rodarmel, Raymond C. Madrigal, retired CHP captain and appointed incumbent, Holly Andrade Blair, English instructor, Jeff Chedester, agribusinessman, and Michael L. Montalbano, field service representative.
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