Seven political candidates for three separate offices made their case to Madera voters this week as part of an open forum sponsored by The Madera Tribune and the Madera Chamber of Commerce.
At stake and discussed Monday inside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall on Granada Drive were, in order, the county’s district attorney, assessor, and auditor-controller offices.
Incumbent district attorney Michael Keitz — appointed in 2009 — was first to face criticism as his opponents, deputy county counsel Miranda Neal and Oakhurst attorney David Linn, blamed him for a lack of morale amongst employees and apparent mismanagement of the office.
“The reason why I’m running for office and why I’m seeking your support is because there are deficiencies in the current office in the form of low efficiency, low morale and wasted resources,” Neal said. “I can address all of these problems.” ...