Political Notebook

Fresno mayoral hopefuls start collecting, announcing endorsements

Fresno mayoral hopefuls Lee Brand, Henry R. Perea and H. Spees have started to roll out their respective endorsments as they seek to replace outgoing Mayor Ashley Swearengin.
Fresno mayoral hopefuls Lee Brand, Henry R. Perea and H. Spees have started to roll out their respective endorsments as they seek to replace outgoing Mayor Ashley Swearengin.

Fresno mayoral candidate H. Spees on Tuesday formally announced the endorsements of former Secretary of State Bill Jones and former Rep. George Radanovich, a Mariposa Republican.

But the city’s three top candidates – Spees along with Fresno City Councilman Lee Brand and Fresno County Supervisor Henry R. Perea – long ago started collecting the political backing of influential Fresno and Fresno-area residents. With early backers on board what will now be coming is a continuing endorsement battle that could very well split friends and business associates in Fresno, and which each candidate hopes will help win the votes of Fresno residents.

As the campaign to replace the termed out Ashley Swearengin kicks off ahead of the June 7 primary election, here are some of the three candidates’ early supporters:

Brand has state Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, former Fresno mayor and Assembly Member Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, Fresno County Supervisor Andreas Borgeas, former Fresno County Supervisor Judy Case, west side grower Mark Borba and businessman DeWayne Zinkin.

Perea has former Fresno County Sheriff Steve Magarian, Fresno County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector Vicki Crow, Fresno County Assessor Paul Dictos, Fresno Coin Gallery owner Stephen Foster, Fagundes Brothers Dairy co-owner Fred Fagundes and Precision Engineering President/CEO Ed Dunkel.

Besides Jones and Radanovich, Spees has former Fresno Mayor Alan Autry, former Fresno County schools Superintendent Larry Powell and former Central Unified Superintendent Mike Berg.

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