There’s already a runoff election for one Fresno City Council seat set for the November ballot. On Thursday, the council could put another seat on the ballot in November.
That’s because Councilman Sal Quintero, who represents District 5 in southeast Fresno, is resigning his position effective in January with two years left in his term. Quintero was elected in June to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors for a four-year term that will begin in January.
Quintero originally submitted a resignation letter on June 17, to become effective Jan. 9. On Friday, Quintero gave the city a revised letter of resignation with an effective date of Jan. 3, when he will be sworn in as a county supervisor.
The Fresno City Charter requires such a vacancy to be filled by a special election. City Clerk Yvonne Spence is asking the council to schedule the special election on Nov. 8, consolidating it with the general election that is highlighted by the presidential election. Spence estimates that the special election will cost the city about $7,500.
Whoever wins the special election would fill the remainder of Quintero’s term through 2018. If there are more than two candidates, and none receives an outright majority of votes in November, a runoff election would be held on March 7.
If the council approves the special election, that would make two City Council seats to be decided in November. In District 6, encompassing northeast Fresno, clinical psychologist and former councilman Garry Bredefeld and Elvis tribute entertainer Jeremy Pearce are squaring off. They were the top vote-getters among a field of four candidates in the June primary.
Two other council members, Steve Brandau in northwest Fresno’s District 2 and Paul Caprioglio in District 4 representing the east-central part of the city, were unopposed in the June primary. They will both be sworn in, as well as the winner of the Bredefeld-Pearce contest and a potential replacement for Quintero, next January.