Madera is now within days of a pivotal election. Its citizens will cast their votes in a number of important races, not the least of which are the two school board races. Veteran trustees Robert Garibay and Ray Seibert are being challenged by Galen Livermore and Chuck Genseal respectively.
Thus far the races have been calm. The criticisms have been measured, and the conduct of the candidates has been civil. However, with just five days to go until the people go to the polls, one has to wonder if this civility will hold as the tension rises.
Madera has a history of hard-fought school board campaigns, and every once in a while some of them turn violent — like that one in 1902.
That contest 110 years ago is without peer in laying bare the extent to which contending factions can yield to the heat of passion. So vigorously fought was the race that Madera’s first Superior Court judge suffered the indignity of a public slapping...