Change doesn’t come often to the Madera County Board of Supervisors. Now, two of the board’s five members will be replaced at almost the same time.
In District 3, Supervisor Ronn Dominici decided not to seek reelection. In one of the Valley’s tightest election battles businessman Rick Farinelli defeated Madera City Council Member Gary Svanda by 61 votes to win the battle to replace Dominici.
Farinelli will be sworn in Tuesday morning.
In the meantime, longtime Supervisor Frank Bigelow is already gone after winning election to the state Assembly. Bigelow was sworn in last month and is busy in Sacramento.
His seat sits unfilled.
Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, will name Bigelow’s replacement. That hasn’t happened, but rumors are flying among county officials.
Some local Republicans are miffed that Bigelow — a Republican — will almost certainly be replaced by a Democrat.