Three candidates filed for the Fresno County Board of Supervisor’s District 2 seat by Wednesday’s deadline, and will now face-off in a special election next March.
Those who filed by the 5 p.m. deadline on Wednesday include current Fresno City Councilman, representing District 2, Steve Brandau; small business owner and former Major League Baseball player Steve Hosey; and communications and marketing specialist Nasreen Jonhson, who recently ran for a seat at the Fresno Unified School District.
There was a fourth candidate, however, who didn’t make the cut in time.
The last 30 minutes before the 5 p.m. deadline were intense, as one of the would-be candidate’s son rushed to the county’s Registrar of Voters office with the required signatures of District 2 voters, before the office’s doors closed.
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As Air Quality Consultant Kevin Hall submitted documents to county staff via his smartphone, he also checked in with his son, who informed him he had the required signatures and was racing back.
There were only minutes left before closing time. “My pulse is up,” said Victoria Najera, program coordinator at the county’s Registrar of Voters office, after she was told Hall’s son was on his way with the signatures.
But the clock hit 5 p.m. and Najera closed the doors. Unfortunately, Hall’s son arrived about five minutes after.
Hall said the idea of throwing his name in the hat for the race didn’t occur to him until over the weekend. He decided to file Wednesday morning, and arrived at the county’s Registrar of Voters office at around 4:20 p.m., only to be told he needed 20 signatures of registered voters in District 2.
His motivation to run for the special election, he said, was because one of the main candidates, Steve Brandau is a “climate change denier.”
“That poses a direct threat to the health and safety of county residents,” he said.
Brandau could not immediately be reached for comment late Wednesday.
The race is for the special election, set for March 5, to fill former supervisor Andreas Boregas’ seat in District 2. District 2 spans across most of north Fresno and parts of Clovis.
During November’s election, Borgeas defeated Paulina Miranda for the race of the open seat for the state Senate’s District 8.
Borgeas had two years left on his four-year term. The winning candidate will finish out those two remaining years.
If a runoff election is needed, that would take place on June 4.
Najera said candidates were required to pay a non-refundable $1,200.25 fee and submit 20 signatures of registered voters in District 2. A candidate can also to request a “petitions in lieu of filing fee.”
Candidates would get 33 cents credit for every signature. A total of 3,601 signatures would be needed to cover the entire fee.
Although, Hall said this was a “lesson learned for running for elections,” he was going to continue to push for climate change to be a part of the debate.