A quartet of current Fresno City Council members, including current District 6 incumbent Lee Brand, have lined up behind Elvis tribute artist Jeremy Pearce in the June 7 primary to replace Brand on the council.
Pearce is one of four candidates running for the northeast Fresno seat held by Brand, who has reached his term limit and is running for mayor. The others are clinical psychologist and former City Councilman Garry Bredefeld, who held the District 6 seat from 1997 to 2001; businesswoman Holly Carter; and student Carter Pope II. Brand, northwest Fresno Councilman Steve Brandau and Council President Paul Caprioglio, whose district covers much of east-central Fresno, were already among Pearce’s endorsements prior to this week’s press conference in front of Fresno City Hall. They were joined Wednesday by Councilman Clint Olivier representing central Fresno.
City Hall and politics are a team sport.
Fresno City Councilman Lee Brand
“City Hall and politics are a team sport,” Brand said. “What we have here … are three council members with a similar philosophy, who’ve got a good working relationship and can craft good public policies,” suggesting that Pearce would be a better fit for the council’s more conservative “team” than Bredefeld, Carter or Pope.
Caprioglio described what he called Pearce’s “innate ability to reach out to people, to listen to people and care about people,” while Olivier talked about Pearce’s “values” and business experience.
Whether the endorsements will help Pearce to a top-two showing in the June primary and into a November runoff remains to be seen.
According to the latest round of campaign finance statements through May 21, Pearce was second in fund-raising behind Bredefeld and Carter. Pearce reported pulling in $11,590 in donations in the most recent four-week period, bringing his total donations for the primary campaign to just over $50,000 in addition to loaning himself $8,000.
Carter is reporting total donations of $40,901 for the primary, including $10,550 in the most recent four-week reporting period. She has also loaned her own campaign another $30,000.
Bredefeld continues to hold a dominant fund-raising lead over both Pearce and Carter. Bredefeld is reporting $26,950 in campaign donations received in the four weeks ending May 21, bringing his total for the primary election to more than $107,000. He, too, loaned his campaign $30,000.
Pope, the fourth candidate, is not reporting campaign contributions or expenditures because he is raising and spending less than $2,000 for the primary.