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District 1 hopefuls talk water, future

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5 candidates tell why they’d be best for office

All five candidates looking to take over as District 1 County Supervisor answered questions on everything from dwindling water supplies to massive land developments near State Route 41 as part of a forum hosted by The Ranchos Independent newspaper and Golden Valley Chamber of Commerce this week.

Governor-appointed supervisor Manuel Nevarez announced in February he would not seek election in June, leaving an incumbent-free race to the five-member administrative board that oversees and votes on much of the county’s business.

The five people looking to lead the district — and its majority of voters in the Madera Ranchos subdivision — are: former Madera County Planning Commission members Ray Krause and Gary Johns; former Madera City Council member Brett Frazier; Madera retail-store owner Rochelle Noblett, and Golden Valley Unified School District (GVUSD) board president Mona Diaz.

Inside the Ranchos Middle School multi-use room, the candidates, after talking about their families and lives within District 1, took turns outlining their vision for its future in front of about 100 residents...


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