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Andrew Janz files for Fresno mayoral run. ‘You’re not Lee Brand,’ retorts incumbent

Andrew Janz launches Voter Protection Project to fight nationwide voter suppression

Fresno County prosecutor Andrew Janz, former congressional candidate, talks about launching the Voter Protection Project, a political organization to fight nationwide voter suppression.
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Fresno County prosecutor Andrew Janz, former congressional candidate, talks about launching the Voter Protection Project, a political organization to fight nationwide voter suppression.

Fresno Democrat Andrew Janz has filed papers to challenge Mayor Lee Brand in 2020.

Janz filed his candidate intention statement Friday afternoon. Janz is the Fresno County prosecutor who challenged Congressman Devin Nunes in 2018.

“I can confirm that I have filed paperwork in preparation for a potential run for mayor,” Janz said in a statement to The Bee on Monday. “This is standard practice for those who are seriously considering a run for local elected office. I am not prepared to make a formal announcement at this time.”

Janz told The Bee about a month ago that he likely wouldn’t challenge Nunes again in 2020 and was instead considering a run for mayor.

Since his six-point loss to Nunes, Janz launched the Voter Protection Project to work nationwide combating voter suppression and targeting “bad actors” who are on the wrong side of either issue.

Brand, a Republican, is in the middle of his first term as mayor after two terms serving northeast Fresno as a city council member. By the end of 2018, Brand already raised closed to $500,000 for his 2020 re-election campaign.

In a statement to The Bee, the mayor called Janz inexperienced and touted his record of creating jobs.

“I welcome the opportunity to have voters compare my well-earned experience and record of accomplishment, highlighted by creating over 5,000 good-paying jobs with benefits, to his complete lack of experience and a track record that consists of saying ‘I’m not Devin Nunes.’

“Will his new campaign be, ‘I’m not Lee Brand?’ To which I reply, ‘Yes, young man, you’re right. You’re not Lee Brand. You aren’t even close.’”

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