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Familiar face in new position on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors

Watch as new Fresno County Supervisor Steve Brandau is sworn into office

In front of family, supporters and with his parents Barry and Loren Brandau by his side, new Fresno County Supervisor Steve Brandau is sworn into office by Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, Tuesday April 9, 2019.
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In front of family, supporters and with his parents Barry and Loren Brandau by his side, new Fresno County Supervisor Steve Brandau is sworn into office by Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, Tuesday April 9, 2019.

Steve Brandau was sworn in on Tuesday as a Fresno County Supervisor to represent District 2, which includes large portions of Fresno and Clovis.

Sheriff Margaret Mims administered the oath to Brandau, who was joined by his parents.

Brandau fills the vacant seat of Andreas Borgeas, who in November was elected to the state senate. Brandau’s swearing in leaves vacant the northwest Fresno District 2 seat on the Fresno City Council. He resigned from that seat last week.

Brandau, a Republican, was first elected to the council seat in 2012 and went unchallenged for his second term. Brandau was active with the Central Valley Tea Party and became known for his firebrand politics.

The City Council called a special election to fill the vacancy, which will be held Aug. 13. If no candidate wins a majority of the vote, a runoff election will occur in November. City staff estimate the special election will cost about $140,000.

The filing date for the August election is in May.

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Brianna Calix covers Fresno’s city government for The Bee, where she works to hold public officials accountable, analyze city policy and inform readers how city hall decisions might affect their lives. She previously worked for The Bee’s sister paper, the Merced Sun-Star.

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