In what may turn out to be a crowded ticket, local businessman, Ray Krause, Jr. has announced that he has officially filed to run for the Madera County District 1 supervisorial seat in June of 2014. District 1 was previously represented by O’Neal’s rancher, and now state assemblyman, Frank Bigelow.
Manuel Nevarez, appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to fill the vacancy created by Bigelow’s departure, holds the office.
Krause, who, like Bigelow, is also from O’Neals, has recently served three and one half years as District 1 planning commissioner. Krause said that in July 2010, he “ceded” his seat on the commission to a “well qualified replacement.”
Regarding his service on the County Planning Commission, Krause said, “My decisions on the commission were made with great consideration for potential long-term economic benefits to all residents of Madera County, not only for those in my district. Water is certainly the main issue with the high-speed rail scam and pension reform as close seconds. Development is inevitable, so it must be orderly, attractive and sustainable.” ...