All three incumbent Madera County Supervisors have been declared winners in their respective races: Brett Frazier in District 1, David Rogers in District 2, and Tom Wheeler in District 5.
Frazier had no opposition, Rogers defeated Madera Unified School District Board President Al Galvez 2,633 to 1449, and Wheeler squeaked by Marc Sobel 4,591 to 4,087. What made Wheeler’s race a squeaker was that another contestant, N. Nokomis Hernandez, picked up 316 votes to cut Wheeler’s lead to 1 percent.
In the District Attorney’s race, incumbent David Linn finished third in a race with Sally Moreno and Paul Hornick.
Linn garnered 4,884 votes, Hornick got 7,252, and Moreno 9,962. Hornick, who works for Linn, and Moreno, a prosecutor in the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, will face off in November.
Another tight race was that for Superior Court Judge, Office 2. The winner was Madera attorney Brian Austin, who has run for the office before, with 11,483 votes against a political newcomer, Carol Moses of Oakhurst, who practices law in Madera and Fresno counties. She picked up 11,090 votes.
Madera County Supervisor Robert Poythress, running for the California State Senate from the 12th District, was the Republican winner in Madera County, with 5,608 votes against the 3,695 votes cast for Johnny Tacherra. District-wide, Poythress received 28,244 votes against 23,838 cast for Tacherra. Poythress will face Democrat Anna Caballero, a former state assemblywoman, in the general election. She received 45,869 votes.
Republican State Assemblyman Frank Bigelow handily won a third term in District 5 with 71,533 votes against 43,037 for Democrat Carla Neal.