First was Riverdale farmer Ernest “Buddy” Mendes. Now comes Fowler Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Parra.
Less than five days after Judy Case announced she would not seek re-election to her District 4 seat on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, two people have jumped into the race.
More will certainly follow.
Mendes, 57, filed the paperwork for an exploratory committee earlier this week. On Friday, Parra, 48, announced via a news release that he would run.
Parra’s decision lagged Mendes’ by a couple of days, but the splash may be a bit bigger — it included almost 30 endorsements, most from inside the district.
Among them were five mayors: Mendota’s Robert Silva, Parlier’s Armando Lopez, Huron’s Silva Chavez, Orange Cove’s Gabriel Jimenez, and Fowler’s Dave Cardenas.
Parra also got backing from Clovis Council Member Harry Armstrong, Assembly Member Henry T. Perea and Fresno County Supervisor Henry R. Perea.
In statement, Parra said, “I recognize that others will step forward and hope to have an honest discussion and a lively debate on the direction of our county. I will begin walking door-to-door to earn every vote possible in this election.”
Case represents District 4, which covers the southern part of Fresno County, including the towns of Sanger, Coalinga, Selma, Kingsburg, Huron, Orange Cove and Reedley, among others.