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Praise for Svanda and for Noblett

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Congratulations to all those individuals who currently serve or wish to serve in the public arena. Serving the public is not easy. It is difficult and often thankless. I’m reminded that working in the public arena is analogous to making sausage, “nobody enjoys participating in the process but generally everyone likes the outcome.”

Currently Rochelle Noblett and Gary Svanda have offered their services to us as District I supervisor and Madera County assessor. I know them well, having watched them successfully make difficult community decisions and thus I endorse their candidacies.

Rochelle has a lifetime of business experience, having grown up in the family business, Pete’s Sport Shop. Her dedication to community service has earned her the Excellence in Business Award, the Top Ten Business and Professional Women of the Central Valley, along with the State of California Small Business of the Year Award and many more.

Rochelle has demonstrated her leadership skills as a past president of the State Center Community College Foundation, president of the Madera Downtown Association, and she is a Distinguished Past President (and the first female president) of the Madera Kiwanis Club.

I find Rochelle approachable, hard working, thoughtful and articulate while maintaining a sense of humor. I trust her judgment in addressing tough public issues such as water conservation, public safety, and land use.

While I worked for the City of Madera, Gary Svanda served on the Madera City Council, which included a couple of stints as mayor. I found him to be an articulate spokesman for our community, particularly when dealing with county, state and federal issues. He understood (and understands) the art of negotiation and compromise.

As our mayor, he also supported such local issues as improving our community-wide water, sewer and drainage systems to assist business and residential growth; he focused on maintaining a balanced budget and dealt with complicated employee issues. These are not always popular items and seldom receive much acclaim but they are very important in managing a city.

Thus I find Gary mature, experienced in local government processes, capable of compromise, budget conscious and skilled in managing employee issues. As our local economy grows we need an assessor who can manage staff while dealing effectively with ever changing property assessments.

On June 3 I encourage everyone to vote for Rochelle and Gary.

Bob Brown,


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