Dan Ronquillo is running for the District 3 Fresno County supervisor seat.
If this sounds familiar, it is. Ronquillo, a former Fresno City Council member, told The Bee last September that he would run for the seat. At the same time, Sal Quintero, who is also on the city council and at one time served alongside Ronquillo on the body, said he, too, would seek the seat.
It set up an interesting Ronquillo vs. Quintero battle.
And then, in late November, Ronquillo abruptly dropped out of the race. The reason, he said at the time, was that incumbent Supervisor Henry R. Perea had decided to seek reelection instead of making a run for Fresno mayor.
On Friday, however, Perea told The Bee he was running for mayor. And that set the wheels in motion for Ronquillo to change his mind and return to the race.
“I can confirm that I am back in, absolutely,” Ronquillo said. “I was running with the understanding it would be an open seat, and now that it is open I am lining up the jets and going for it. I’m excited. I’m really excited about the opportunity to represent District 3.”
Call it the other shoe dropping.
Even better for Ronquillo, he has Perea’s endorsement.
“Dan Ronquillo is an experienced leader who we can trust to be an advocate for tough issues facing our neighborhoods,” Perea said in a news release announcing Ronquillo’s candidacy. “His proven track record serving our community as a city councilmember along with his experience as public safety officer and businessman brings with it a unique combination of experiences to serve the people of District 3.”
It’s been a long, strange election road indeed.
Ronquillo actually raised around $10,000 in October. He’s also loaned his campaign $49,000, according to campaign finance reports that cover the time up to Dec. 31 of last year. That was all before Ronquillo pulled out of the race,
During that time, Quintero raised around $11,500 and has $9,221 in his campaign account, according to campaign finance reports.
Quintero and Ronquillo were Fresno City Council colleagues from 1995 to 2002 and adversaries in the 2000 mayoral election won by Alan Autry.
A third person who has pulled papers for the race is Tony Gastelum.