Assemblyman Devon Mathis is being challenged by Visalia Mayor Warren Gubler for the 26th District.

And Gubler, who has been a Visalia councilman since 2010, is now picking up two major endorsements.

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux announced Friday he will back the mayor in the upcoming June primary over the incumbent. His endorsement was quickly followed up by former Sheriff Bill Wittman who backed the Assembly candidate.

After sitting down with him earlier this month,  Boudreaux said Gubler checked all the boxes.

“Warren Gubler is a good man and a friend. I believe he is the best voice for public safety in the Valley,” Boudreaux said. “He sealed my endorsement.”

Boudreaux, who was honored this week with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Boy Scouts of America, said communication is key when it comes to the Valley and Sacramento and feels like the voice of Tulare County law enforcement hasn’t been heard in the past few years.

He’s hoping that will change if Gubler heads to California’s capitol.

Gubler, who said he won’t let drama surrounding Mathis distract from his platform, added that he plans on being more available to people, constituents and elected officials.

“There are people in the 26th District that have no idea what their representative is doing,” Gubler said. “I will report back. I will be available.”

Originally published on Visalia Times-Delta, 10/20/17.