Population 2010

150,865

Population 2020

156,255

Registered Voters

53,782

Republicans

23,858

Democrat

18,212

Minor Party

794

No Party

1,615

Municipalities

 
City Name Population
Chowchilla19,039
Madera66,224
Ahwahnee2,269
Bass Lake575
Coarsegold4,144
Fairmead1,235
La Vina637
Madera Acres9,162
Nipinnawasee2,319

Superintendent of Schools

Treasurer / Tax Collector

County Commission

 
District 1Frazier, Brett
District 2 Gonzalez, Leticia
District 3 Poythress, Robert L.
District 4 Rogers, David
District 5 Wheeler, Tom

School Board

 
District 1Ray G. Seibert
District 2 Ed McIntyre - Board President
District 3 Ruben Mendoza
District 4 Joetta Fleak
District 5 Lucy Salazar - Board Clerk
District 6Israel Cortes
District 7 Nadeem Ahmad

Brief Political History

Madera County was formed in 1893 from Fresno County during a special election held in Fresno on May 16, 1893. Citizens residing in the area that was to become Madera County voted 1,179 to 358 for separation from Fresno County and the establishment of Madera County.[5]

Madera is the Spanish term for wood.[6] The county derives its name from the town of Madera, named when the California Lumber Company built a log flume to carry lumber to the Central Pacific Railroad there in 1876.[7]

The Madera County Sheriff's Department employed the first woman in California to die in the line of duty as a sworn law enforcement officer—Tulare native Lucille Helm (1914–1959). For 15 years, the Madera housewife and mother of four worked on call as a "matron" assisting with female transfers.

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