The District 1 Fresno City Council race is getting crowded, with attorney Esmeralda Soria announcing this week that she’ll seek the seat being vacated by Blong Xiong, who is leaving office because of term limits.
Soria, 31, kicked off her campaign Wednesday with a holiday reception and toy drive at Pinot Wine Bar & Bistro.
Already, businessman and community activist Cary Catalano and businessman and Fresno Planning Commission member Rama Kant Dawar say they’re running.
In addition to Catalano, Dawar and Soria, the Fresno City Clerk’s website lists Lawrence Cano and Rebecca Rangel as candidates.
With Soria in, Marina Magdaleno, who is business representative for Fresno's blue-collar union, says she won’t run. Magdaleno had contemplated a run, but will now work for Soria’s election.
“Esmeralda will be a good candidate, but I also think she will be a good council member,” Magdaleno said. “She’ll be a good voice.”
Soria, an attorney, was admitted last year to the State Bar.
She is currently a professor at the San Joaquin College of Law as well as a policy adviser to Assembly Member Henry T. Perea, a Fresno Democrat. Before that, she was then-state Sen. Michael Rubio’s district director.
Soria’s LinkedIn page also lists work as a Legislative Advocate/Project Director for the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, as well as a stint as a White House intern in fall 2010.