Macedo, Avila set to square off in November

Central Valley dairyman Xavier Avila secures second place in the 33rd District primary, sets up November showdown with fellow Republican Alexandra Macedo

Darren Fraser
Published March 19, 2024  • 
10:00 am

HANFORD – In the contest to fill Devon Mathis’ assembly seat for the 33rd District, Central Valley dairyman and Tulare Local Healthcare District board member Xavier Avila secured second place in the March 5 Primary, forcing a showdown with fellow Republican Alexandra Macedo in November.

(Alexandra Macedo campaign website)

Last November, Mathis announced he would not be running for a final term. As a result of the Primary election, Macedo, who received Mathis’ endorsement, garnered over 44% of the vote. Avila captured over 20% while the third-place finisher, Democrat Ruben Macareno, pulled in over 16%.

Voter turnout was low, with only 24% of registered voters in the district casting votes. The 33rd district covers Kings and parts of Fresno and Tulare counties.

In a March 14 press release, Avila said, “The voters spoke loud and clear Tuesday night. To them, experience matters and Sacramento power brokers don’t. They want a true conservative that will represent all Central Valley families.”

Avila’s website contains no information on where he stands on issues. It is evident from the press release and from little information he does have on his site that Avila considers himself uniquely qualified to represent the district.

“I’m a fourth-generation dairyman. I’ve spent my entire life working to make our Central Valley community better,” Avila said in the release. “I’ve raised my family here. I owned my farm here. I understand to my core the values of our Valley. That’s what our families here want in their next Assemblyman.”

On his website, Avila echoes the disdain for Sacramento and its ilk – or its types of personalities – that he mentioned in the press release.

“I’ll always put our Central Valley values ahead of Sacramento politicians and their bureaucrats. A vote for Xavier Avila is a vote for protecting our Central Valley way of life,” he writes on the site.

Top vote-getter Macedo has been quiet regarding the results of the Primary. She does address multiple issues on her website. Macedo favors securing the border and reforming legal immigration. She says securing a reliable water source is paramount for residents of the Valley. She favors lowering taxes and opposes a gas tax, which she says punishes Valley residents who have long commutes. She also blames Sacramento politicians for what she says are laws that put the rights of criminals ahead of those of victims.

Macedo and Avila are vying for the seat Mathis announced he was vacating prematurely.

In a Nov. 27, 2023 press release, Mathis said he decided not to run for a final term because he wants to spend more time with his family.

“As I retire from the Assembly, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family, who have always been supportive of me,” he wrote. “Despite my time in the Legislature coming to a close, my involvement with public service will continue. Once my term ends, I look forward to working with District Stakeholders on projects that will benefit the Valley. I will release more information as time progresses.”

Darren Fraser