By The Leader Staff
Candidate Rusty Robinson
Candidate Rusty Robinson

A long-time resident of Kings County as well as a local businessman and past president of Main Street Hanford, in addition to other activities, Rusty Robinson, announced this week that he is running for the District 4 supervisor’s seat, a post currently held by Craig Pederson, who has decided to step down.

According to the Kings County Elections Department, only Alicia Ramirez, who announced earlier this month and Robinson are on the District 4 ballot. The primary will be held on June 7.

“My roots in Kings County are deep.  I have been a resident of Hanford my entire life (with the exception of college and an overseas teaching stint in Prague),” said Robinson. “I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Pacific in Business and a minor in Biological Science.”

Robinson is married to his wife Theresa for 15 years and they have a son, Patrick, five years old.

Robinson began his local career – at 24 years old – managing Hanford Furniture, which later became Thomasville Furniture. In 2000, he became owner and general manager of Thomasville at River Park.

He is also a founding board member and past president of Main Street Hanford. He has also served on the Hanford Elementary School Foundation as a member and as Vice President.  In addition, he served on the Kings Art Center Board.

“My interest in serving as Kings County Supervisor in District 4 is to maintain a well-balanced county government.  Since we are one of the lowest income per capita counties in the state, it’s crucial that every dollar is well spent,” he said.  He said he will focus on public safety and farm-related issues. 

According to Robinson, he has received Pederson’s endorsement, as well as a host of past and present community leaders, including Sheriff David Robinson and retired sheriff, Chris Jordan.