Madera businesswoman Rochelle Noblett has announced her intention to run for the District 1 supervisorial seat currently held by Manuel Navarez, who was appointed early this year by Gov. Jerry Brown to fill the seat of former Supervisor Frank Bigelow, who was elected to the California Assembly.
Noblett was born and reared in Madera, graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Fresno, and has run the family business, Pete’s Sport Shop (founded in 1959 by her parents) for 35 years. She, her husband and two sons have lived in their District 1 home for 17 years.
For 11 years she has served on the State Center Community College Foundation board of directors, having served as president in 2005, and is currently a member of the executive board. Her focus has been raising scholarship money for students for whom a college education would be out of reach without financial help.
“To make a difference in someone’s life, to help them achieve their goals of a higher education or vocational training is by far the most rewarding charitable thing I do” said Noblett. “Hearing their stories can definitely bring a tear to your eye and you practically burst with pride when they are successful due to your intervention. I highly recommend it!” ...