In the race for the Fresno City Council’s District 6 seat, clinical psychologist Garry Bredefeld came close, but ultimately fell short of reaching the 50 percent threshold to avoid a November runoff race, according to Fresno County’s final certified results for the June 7 primary election.
Bredefeld, who is a former councilman, received 48.97 percent of the ballots. As a result, he will face off in November against entertainer Jeremy Pearce for the seat. Pearce ended the race with 25.1 percent.
Initial election results showed Bredefeld just over the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff, but his challengers ate into that lead as County Clerk Brandi Orth counted absentee and provisional ballots over the past month.
Fresno’s mayoral race ended with Supervisor Henry R. Perea winning 44.7 percent of the vote. Fresno City Councilman and businessman Lee Brand came in second with 30.8 percent. The two challengers will face each other in a runoff election in November.
The third-place challenger in the mayoral race, H. Spees, endorsed Brand on June 29. Spees had 18.2 percent of the vote.
A neck-and-neck race in Assembly District 26 to see which candidate would challenge incumbent Republican Devon Mathis is ending with Democrat Ruben Macareno holding a more than 2,000-vote lead over another Republican, Rudy Mendoza, according to state election results.
The results, as of July 1, had Mathis leading with 42.4 percent, Macareno with 30.5 percent and Mendoza with 27.1 percent.
Macareno will face Mathis in November. The 26th District includes Porterville, Tulare, Visalia and Woodlake.
A close election determining which Democratic candidate will challenge incumbent Republican Rep. David Valadao in November for the 21st Congressional District has settled with Bakersfield attorney Emilio Jesus Huerta leading Fowler Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Parra by just under 1,700 votes.
Last week, Parra was down by 1,100 votes and Huerta, the son of United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, had solidified his second-place spot to challenge Valadao in the fall. The 21st District includes sections of Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties.
The final tally was Valadao with 54 percent, Huerta with 24.2 percent and Parra with 21.8 percent.