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William J. Lyons, Jr., Stanislaus County Supervisor, District 3

What is your full, legal name?

William J. Lyons, Jr.

What name do you prefer be used in print?

Bill Lyons

What office do you seek?

Stanislaus County Supervisor – District 3

What is the primary reason you are running for this office?

I have the skills, contacts and commitment to make a positive contribution to Stanislaus County. Service is a profoundly important obligation in my family and I hope to be able to serve my community as County Supervisor

What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?

My single most important priority is managing the budget. Job creation and public safety are also key top priorities that I will work hard to support

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I have the experience, vision, and proven ability to bring people together. I can make the tough choices when necessary. I have worked hard to build a broad base of support and have received endorsements from the agricultural and business communities, as well as labor groups and members of local law enforcement

Where do you work and what is your job title? (If retired, list position before retirement)

Mape’s Ranch – General Manager, and Lyons Investments – General Partner

What date were you born and where?

July 4, 1950 in Modesto, CA

What is your spouse's name, if any?

Suzy Lyons

What are the names and ages of your children, if any?

Billy (30), Matt (28), Tyler (25) and Katie (23)

Please list the schools and colleges you attended, the degrees you attained and when.

Hart Ransom Elementary School; Modesto High School; Modesto Junior College; and Chico State University (graduated 1974, B.S. Degree)

Have you ever held an elected or appointed public office? (Include dates and office title)

Secretary of California Dept. of Food and Agriculture (1999 – 2004); Director of Modesto Irrigation District (1984 – 1993); Please go to my website,, for biography/resume and complete list of appointed and elected offices

Have you run before for an elected public office? (Include dates and exact office title)

Modesto Irrigation District Director (1984 – 1993)

Approximately how much money do you expect to spend on your campaign?

Approximately $125,000 - $175,000

Have you ever been convicted or charged with a crime other than a minor traffic violation? If so, please explain and include dates and locations.


Have you or a business you owned or had principal interest in ever filed bankruptcy? If so, please include dates and the location the bankruptcy was filed.


Campaign Web site address:

Please list the campaign contact information you want made available to the general public in print and online, including a phone number, address and e-mail:

Bill Lyons for Supervisor

P.O. Box 1212

Modesto, CA 95353

(209) 408-8436