Pinkham endorsed by two former candidates

By Reggie Ellis

District 1 candidate Frank "Bud" Pinkham kicked off the fall campaign season with endorsements from two former opponents.

On Sept. 7, Marlene Sario of Exeter and Harroll Wiley of Visalia announced that they would throw their support to Pinkham in the upcoming run-off election for District 1 Supervisor on the Nov. 2 ballot. The two former contenders cite Pinkham's long history in the area and involvement in Exeter as a school board member as an important factor in understanding the needs of district constituents.

"Bud understands the issues, works well with others and will work for the best interests of those he will serve when elected," Wiley said.

Sario added, "I respect Bud's historic perspective based on his family's longtime presence in our community."

Pinkham, who won 28.86 percent of the vote, and Allen Ishida of Lindsay, 31.20 percent, garnered the most votes in the March primary election but neither had the necessary 50 percent to bypass a run-off. Sario came in a close third with 25.6 percent of the vote and Wiley was in fourth with 6.52 percent. Gary Potter of Three Rivers and Ruben Macareno of Farmersville rounded out a crowded field in the primary.

"I'm thrilled to death," Pinkham said. "It was a hard fought primary and it is nice to get their support."

Pinkham's campaign co-chair Ann Hester said, "Of the two finalists in the race, we believe Bud Pinkham has the best long term vision for the future of Tulare County. He has a good, analytical mind. He will study the issues, listen to his constituents and do what's best for all the people of Tulare County, not just those in District 1."

Pinkham is a lifelong farmer, producing tree fruit and table grapes in Tulare County. He has long been a leader for agriculture issues having served on the board of directors of the California Canning Peach Association for 25 years, nine of them as chairman. He and his wife Sherry have three grown children.

Ishida is a third generation citrus farmer in Lindsay. He has served as manager for the USDA's Farm Service Agency in several California counties and understands the issues facing ag. He also understands the need for solid land use planning, working in real estate for more than 20 years. He and his wife Wanda have three grown children.

The two are vying for the District 1 Supervisors seat currently held by Bill Sanders of Lindsay. Sanders has held the seat for 12 years and is not seeking re-election.

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