The Sun Voter Guide

It’s Madera Co.’s boomtown. It’s also a battleground for Supervisor.

With Madera County District 1 Supervisor Brett Frazier moving over to be the county’s new Assessor, two candidates are headed to the November runoff to replace him. 

Jordan Wamhoff, a Fresno police officer and vice president of the Fresno Police Officers’ Association, narrowly took first in the June primary. 

Golden Valley Unified School District Trustee Andy Wheeler came close behind Wamhoff to advance to November. 

The duo also contended with realtor Michelle Stephens, who grabbed 28 percent of the vote and prevented either candidate from winning outright. 

The newly redrawn Supervisorial seat takes in the northern portion of the City of Madera, the Parkwood community, Madera and Bonadelle Ranchos, and one of the county’s germinating city-developments, Riverstone.

Per their campaign websites, both candidates list water, traffic, and public safety as some of their top priorities if they take office. 

Wamhoff also takes a focus on restoring local control to Madera County, saying that the COVID-19 pandemic exposed what Sacramento control looks like to the local Madera community. 
Wheeler, on the other hand, pitches himself as business friendly and someone who will make the necessary investments to support jobs in Madera County. 

Wamhoff is backed by the Madera County Republican Party, former Madera County Sheriff John Anderson, Madera County Supervisor David Rogers, Asm. Jim Patterson, and the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC).

Wheeler earned the backing of Madera County Sheriff Tyson Pogue, the Madera Deputy Sheriff’s Association, and most of the incumbent members of the Madera County Board of Supervisors.

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 daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.