Statements on Passing of Former Supervisor and U.S. Congressman McCandless

News Release


Aug 14

Statements on Passing of Former Supervisor and U.S. Congressman McCandless

Supervisor Perez offers the following statement on the passing of Alfred “Al” A. McCandless, who served as Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor from 1970 to 1982:

“Al McCandless was a dedicated public servant who represented Riverside County and the ‘desert district’ during a period of tremendous growth. While much has changed, the institutions he helped establish and lead – the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, SunLine Transit Agency and the South Coast Air Quality Management District – are vital to our valley’s residents more than 40 years later. He also worked to expand Lake Cahuilla, a beautiful county park and recreational resource for families in the Coachella Valley.

“Al McCandless served our country and community very well, as a veteran, businessman, county supervisor, six-term member of Congress and community volunteer. I note his passing with sadness and express my deepest sympathy to the McCandless family.”

Riverside County Board Chairman John Tavaglione added: “Congressman Al McCandless holds a very special place in my heart, having gotten to know him through my late father, Dominic. He and my dad were great friends. Al is the one who, after my dad passed, encouraged me to get into politics. He was a wonderful advocate for Riverside County on the local and national level and a true friend to the Tavaglione family.”

In honor of Supervisor McCandless, the American flag, the state flag and the POW/MIA flag will be flown at half-staff at all county-owned and leased facilities from August 14 to August 21.

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