Gary Svanda will swap his city hat for a county cap, once the numbers are verified, after results late Tuesday showed his victory in the race for Madera County Assessor.
A Madera City Councilman, Svanda said he was excited to move up to the county level after receiving 56.4 percent of the vote over Bass Lake Realtor Scott Runtzel.
“It’s been a long and difficult journey but I’m extremely honored and proud … I’m humbled by all of this. This is the first attempt I’ve made in a county-wide election and it is quite the undertaking.”
Runtzel said early Tuesday he couldn’t return phone calls in the late evening out of work concerns...