By Reggie Ellis

District 1 Supervisor Bill Sanders has announced he is endorsing candidate Allen Ishida in the race to take over his position on the Tulare County Board of Supervisors.

After 12 years on the board, Sanders announced last year he would not seek a fourth term. After observing Ishida and candidate Frank "Bud" Pinkham of Exeter, Sanders said Ishida was the best candidate for the position.

"They are both good men but Allen is more suited for the job," Sanders said. "He has an ability to listen to people and a sincere desire to do a good job. He has the energy and the enthusiasm to handle the rigors of the job."

Ishida already is the top vote getter in the March primary winning 31.20 percent compared to Pinkham's 28.86 percent. But neither candidate had the necessary 50 percent to bypass a run-off. Marlene Sario of Exeter came in a close third with 25.6 percent of the vote and Harroll Wiley of Visalia was in fourth with 6.52 percent. Both of them announced their endorsements of Pinkham in the Sept. 15 issue of the Lindsay Gazette. Gary Potter of Three Rivers and Ruben Macareno of Farmersville rounded out a crowded field in the primary.

"I am very enthusiastic about Bill's support," Ishida said. "I feel confident going into the election."

Sanders and Ishida, both Lindsay residents, have known each other for 15 years.

"His family has a great history of community support dating back to pre-World War II," Sanders said. "He has an investment in the community and relates well with other communities."

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.

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.

The race for the District 1 seat on the Tulare County Board of Supervisors will be decided on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. District 1 encompasses the eastern edge of Visalia, Farmersville, Exeter and Lindsay and the unincorporated communities of Strathmore, Lemon Cove, Lindcove, Plainview and Woodville.

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