Candidate lists final for Valley races

Candidate lists for local races became final Wednesday following an automatic three-day extension of the filing period for contests in which an incumbent did not seek re-election.

In Dinuba, Ward 2 Council Member Janet Hinesly, who successfully fought off a recall attempt in June, is not seeking re-election for family reasons.

Nathaniel Mendoza, a pastor, and Maribel Reynosa, retired, are seeking the seat.

In Dinuba Ward 4, Aldo Gonzalez also did not seek re-election; Kuldip Thusu, a small business owner, and corporate trainer Maria McElroy are the candidates.

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

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

In Exeter, incumbents Jack Allwardt and Teresa Boyce will be on the ballot with business owner Gordon Gerdes and Mary Waterman, who is self-employed.

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

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

Meanwhile, in Hanford City Council Area A, incumbent Jim Irwin did not seek re-election. Physical therapist David G. Ayers and law school graduate Tyler Vierra are seeking the seat, according to Kings County elections. The elections office did not update its website after 11:26 a.m. Wednesday.

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

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

In Tulare City Council Area 2, the candidates are grocery store manager Ben Brubaker, Arthur Cabello Sr., who is retired, and insurance agent Maritsa Castellanoz Munoz.

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

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

In Lemoore, council incumbents Willard Rodarmel and Raymond C. Madrigal are being challenged by English instructor Holly Andrade Blair, agribusinessman Jeff Chedester and field service representative Michael L. Montalbano.

In Corcoran, council incumbents Jerry Robertson and Sidonio "Sid" Palmerin are being challenged by retired educator Raymond M. Lerma and health care executive Clarence Cryer Jr.

And in Avenal, council incumbents Lou Gravell Jr. and Alvaro M. Preciado are running unopposed.

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

Several school boards also had their filing dates extended because incumbents did not file.

In Madera Unified trustee Area 5, incumbent Michael J. Salvador did not file for re-election. Businessman Al Galvez is the only candidate for the 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.


Ron Nishinaka, vice president of 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.