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Fresno Co. picks Zanoni for Sheriff, Mendes headed for re-elect

After a lengthy stint as Fresno County Sheriff, it appears Margaret Mims is getting the successor she wanted – after giving voters a chance to interview the prospect.

Assistant Sheriff John Zanoni defeated Fresno Deputy Police Chief Mark Salazar by a 57.34-42.54 margin on Tuesday, securing his spot as the next Fresno County Sheriff. 

Meanwhile, Fresno County Supervisor Buddy Mendes is expected return to the Fresno County Hall of Records for another term on the board. 

Mendes appears primed to claim his victory in an outright fashion with 52.23 percent support, avoiding a summer of campaigning for the general election. 

Former Orange Cove and Livingston city manager Jose Antonio Ramirez came in second place, with 25.18 percent of the vote. 

Fowler Mayor Daniel Parra, who lost to Mendes in 2014, placed third with a 22.47 percent share.  

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at