The Sun Voter Guide

Retirement forces November Supervisorial showdown in Madera Co. foothills

Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler has been in office since 2007, but he announced last year that he will retire when his current term expires. 

In his place, Wheeler would like to see his chief of staff, Bobby Macaulay, take his place. 

Macaulay almost won the June primary outright, but he just missed out on the 50 percent threshold and will face businessman Mark Reed. 

Macaulay’s priorities center on the management of private and public lands, housing and homelessness as well as public safety. 

On his campaign website, Macaulay says he has a plan to bring millions of dollars to the District 5 area, including the creation of a Fuel Reduction District and a Parks and Recreation District. 

Similarly, Reed’s priorities include focusing on wildfire safety, public safety and economic development. 

Specifically, Reed says he’ll work to raise firefighter pay and develop a comprehensive wildfire prevention and hazardous fuels reduction plan. 

Macaulay has secured endorsements from Madera County Sheriff Tyson Pogue and Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno, along with the entirety of the Madera County Board of Supervisors.

Rep. Tom McClintock (R–Elk Grove) and the Madera County Republican Party are backing Reed. 

The race has not been without some controversy, though. Ahead of the primary, Reed sent out a mailer claiming some of the area’s “far left” residents are Macaulay’s most vocal supporters. Five women named in the mailer pushed back against Reed in a press conference and also held a protest.

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.