John Chavez Jr. was born in Atwater, California in 1966 and was raised on a
dairy farm. He grew up in many Valley locations including Merced, Turlock
and Hilmar. John graduated from Hilmar High School in 1984 and attended
Merced College. While at college, he met Rosli Cornaggia who was born and
raised in Chowchilla and was a part of the Cornaggia Bakery family.
Rosli, and her sister Kamil opened a bakery in Gustine,
California and sold it after nine years in the business. John
was then hired as a bakery manager for Costco in Merced for two
years before going to work for Albertsons. While working for
Albertsons, John won various awards and contests for his baking
and received special management training. Two years later, John
and Rosli returned to Chowchilla to run the family business,
Cornaggia's Bakery, which has been a part of Chowchilla since
1925. John has also worked at the SaveMart Bakery and Deli and
is well known in the community for his baking talents.
Currently, John works in bakery supplies sales for Bake Mark
John's three children, Johnathan, Jazzlin, and Jonahs, have been
the main reasons for his strong commitment to youth and sports
programs in the community. John has been involved with the
Redfins Swim Team, Chowchilla Youth Soccer, Chowchilla Youth
Football, and the Youth Basketball program. He has enjoyed
giving many hours back to his community by coaching teams for
most of these youth sports programs. John also was a part of the
Skate Park Committee which helped bring a new skate park to
Chowchilla in 2005.
Serving his community is important to John,
who was named the
Chamber's Citizen of the Year in 2005 and served on their Board
of Directors. He was also a committee member for
the Vision 2002 Committee for the redevelopment of downtown
Chowchilla. John has served as a Kiwanis member and also as a
Commissioner on the Chowchilla Parks & Recreation Commission.
John served his
first Chowchilla City Council term from 2006-2010 and was elected to a
second term in November 2012. He was selected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for
2014 and Mayor for 2015. John was elected to serve a third term
in November 2016. His current council term expires in December 2020.