Local races finalized for November election


The General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 4, will have some interesting local races that may spur enough interest to get voters to show up at the polls.

In Three Rivers, the only local issue on the ballot will be the Three Rivers Union School board race. All three incumbents   — Sue Winters, George Kulick, Scott Sherwood — filed to retain their seats, while challenger Brad Barclay threw his hat into the ring. Voters will have to decide on which three of these four are best equipped to guide TRUS for the next four years.

Voters in the Sequoia Union School District (Lemon Cove, Mehrten Valley, Badger Hill) will not have this issue to decide as their three incumbents — Matt McEwen, Darcy Staberg, Brad Ward — all refiled, but no additional candidates came forward.

As for the city of Woodlake, they’ve got themselves a race. Three seats are up for grabs and 10 candidates have filed to be on the ballot, including two incumbents — Frances Ortiz, Gregorio Gonzalez. Incumbent Raul Gonzales Jr. did not refile.

Challenging the two council members will be William Lewis, who was formerly the City of Woodlake’s administrator. Additionally, Virgil Murehead, Shirley Moran, Mikey Navarro, Chuck Ray, Florencio Guerra Jr., Tony Romero, and Manny Martinez will vie for the three available seats. 

Farmersville, Porterville, and Tipton school districts have bonds on the ballot, but no local school districts — Three Rivers, Sequoia Union, Woodlake — have a bond measure on November’s ballot.

Voters will be deciding on whether Gov. Jerry Brown (d) deserves four more years or whether his challenger, Neel Kashkari (R), is the person to lead California.

Ashley Swearengen, current Fresno mayor, is the Republican candidate for State Controller. Betty Yee, a Democrat, is also on the ballot. John Chiang, current State Controller, is stepping down from his post.

A race to watch is California’s 21st Congressional District. Amanda Renteria (D), a Woodlake High School alumnus, is the challenger to incumbent David Valadao (R). Although Three Rivers and Woodlake are not in the 21st, Renteria’s parents and many of her campaign supporters reside locally.

Vote-by-mail ballots will be available beginning October 6. The last day to register to vote in the November 4 election is October 20.

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