An election for a vacant Fresno County judicial seat sought by Clovis City Councilman Bob Whalen has been removed from the ballot. The county election clerk says the judgeship’s initial placement on the ballot was an error and he removed it after a call from the governor’s office last week.
“I received a call from the governor’s office indicating that they thought an error may have occurred,” said Fresno County Clerk James Kus. “We did a review of our information and we agreed that a clerical error had occurred. Kus said that the seat instead will be placed on the 2024 ballot.
Whalen, who is a top prosecutor manager in the Fresno County District Attorney’s office, was the lone candidate for Superior Court Judge No. 9.
Whalen, a Republican, questioned the intentions of Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat.
“The governor frequently does like to continue to arrogate more…