After coming in third in a bruising June primary election for Fresno City Council District 6, Holly Carter on Friday revealed her choice among the two remaining candidates facing off in the Nov. 8 runoff.
In a post Carter shared on the Facebook page for Fresno Citizens for Clean Water, she included a photo of her ballot marked for Garry Bredefeld. A clinical psychologist and former City Council member for northeast Fresno’s District 6, Bredefeld was the top vote-getter in the June primary. Jeremy Pearce, an Elvis Presley tribute entertainer and businessman, came in second among the four candidates in the primary.
Carter, who owns and operates a public relations business in Fresno, said her choice “relates to the reason I ran in the first place, because I wanted to build up the community and help people. … I’ve watched the candidates in the general election now, how they’ve behaved, and how they’ve changed or stayed consistent in their message.”
In the choice between Bredefeld and Pearce, Bredefeld is the candidate “who, in my opinion, will do the most good, the one I can look to that, even if I disagree with him, I know his decisions will be based in his core belief that what he is doing is right for the community and the district,” Carter added.
In the waning days of the primary, Carter was outraged by a website that she said was meant to “humiliate and degrade” her by posting personal photos poached from her Facebook page and other online pages of her during her recovery from breast cancer. Carter squarely blamed the Pearce campaign for the website, from which the photos were later deleted.
After Carter complained about the website, both Bredefeld and the fourth candidate, student Carter Pope II, denounced the use of the photos. “They were both very adamant that … this isn’t how we win in Fresno,” Carter said. “But the other candidate did not.”
“It’s a matter of integrity to me,” she said of the the November runoff.