Larry Micari, a candidate for Tulare County Board of Supervisors District 1, picked up four key endorsements ahead of the election on March 3.
Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux, Tulare County District 2 Supervisor-Chairman Pete Vander Poel, retired Tulare County Sheriff Bill Wittman and retired Tulare County Supervisor MIke Ennis all announced their support for Micari on Tuesday.
Micari said he is honored and ecstatic to receive the endorsements from four widely respected people who have served Tulare County.
“I am extremely thankful,” Micari said. “Everything has been very positive. The support is just immense and a lot of momentum. It’s been growing.”
Micari, a 33-year veteran of law enforcement, is running against incumbent Kuyler Crocker, who was narrowly elected in 2016, and former Exeter Mayor Robyn Stearns.
“As Tulare County Sheriff, I have had the opportunity to work with Larry Micari over the years and even more so in his capacity as an administrator,” Boudreaux said in a press release. “I know him to be a man who truly cares for people. He is extremely knowledgeable to the needs of our communities. I know Larry Micari will represent the voices of District One on the Board of Supervisors.”
In addition to the endorsements, Micari is also leading the fundraising battle. According to the candidates’ campaign statements reported up to Jan. 18, Micari leads with $130,435 and Crocker reported $110,563. The only statement from Stearns was from Jan. 1 through Jan. 18, which totaled $1,349 in contributions.
“The financial reports have come in – I’ve out-raised all the candidates,” Micari said. “The money’s not everything, and I understand that. But my money is local support, and it’s people who are going to vote for me. And it shows what I have, and the momentum is building in my financial reporting.”
Micari said that there are three main issues he will address if elected: water, roads and homelessness.
“My big thing also is bringing representation back to District 1,” Micari said. “Within my public service career, I’m the only candidate that has 33 years of public service experience, and I know what we need to do to work with our communities and bring them back so their voice is being heard.”
Vander Poel, Ennis and Wittman also commented on Micari in a press release.
Vander Poel: “I have no doubt Larry Micari is the most qualified person for the Tulare County Board of Supervisors District 1. In my years of working with Larry, his commitment to communication, financial responsibility and his constituents makes him the only choice for Tulare County.
Ennis: “Larry Micari’s honesty, sensible style and hopeful insight into our community’s problems and needs and his willingness to examine the issues and listen closely to the public sets him apart from the other candidates. Please join me in supporting Larry Micari.”
Wittman: “As a retired Tulare County Sheriff, I know what it takes to be a leader. Larry Micari is just that person.”