Although Madera County gave Supervisor Frank Bigelow a resounding vote of confidence in his race for California Assembly, the results from the entire 5th District on Tuesday show that he has his work cut out for him in the November general election.
District-wide, Bigelow came in second behind fellow Republican Rico Oller, who garnered 33.4 percent of the vote against Bigelow’s 28.9 percent. The top two contenders were followed by Democrats Tim Fitzgerald with 18 percent and Marc Boyd with 13.5 percent. Republican Kevin Lancaster and Independent Mark Belden brought up the rear with 2.1 percent and 4.1 percent respectively.
Madera County’s favorite son is going up against a veteran politician who served eight years in the state Assembly and eight years in the state Senate and has high name recognition in the northern portion of the 5th District.
As a result of redistricting after the 2010 census, the 5th District now includes parts of nine counties including Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Placer, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Madera, and Mono counties. Oller outpolled Bigelow in seven of the nine. Only Mariposa and Madera counties went for Bigelow...