Madera County Supervisor Rob Poythress, candidate for State Senate District 12 (SD 12), received a timely endorsement from Fresno Mayor Lee Brand and State Senator Andy Vidak on Friday in his bid to replace Anthony Cannella-R, who is termed out.
The endorsement is only days before the Fresno and Madera County Republican Central Committees vote to endorse a candidate in Senate District 12. Mayor Brand and Senator Vidak’s stamp of approval may place Poythress one step closer to the ultimate blessing from the California Republican Party (CRP).
Candidates endorsed by the California Republican Party benefit from many advantages. However, the newly adopted procedures from the CRP require the endorsement of every county in the district. The potential problem? Senate District 12 has six counties.
Supervisor Poythress and farmer Johnny Tacherra, former congressional candidate, will seek the Fresno County Republican Party Central Committee endorsement on Monday night. The candidates will be allowed to speak and must receive a 2/3 majority vote of the voting members present.
If either Supervisor Poythress or Tacherra receives all six county endorsements before March 4, 2018, the California Republican Party will submit the candidate’s name to the county clerk as the “official endorsed candidate.”
The endorsements form Mayor Brand and Senator Vidak are important.
Tacherra needs Fresno and Madera Republican Central Committee endorsements to “counter” these recent endorsements for Supervisor Poythress. If Supervisor Poythress receives all six endorsements, it could be a difficult road ahead for Tacherra.
On the other hand, do not count Tacherra out regardless of the outcome. Tacherra is diligent, dedicated and has earned high name recognition in Senate District 12 amongst the conservative base.
Prediction, neither candidate receives endorsements from both Fresno and Madera Central Committees.
Story will be updated.
Fresno County Republican Party decided to not endorse in Senate District 12 on Monday night during the central committee meeting. The committee members preferred to stay neutral in the race between Supervisor Rob Poythress and Johnny Tacherra.