Former Fresno City Council member Garry Bredefeld, who is seeking to regain the District 6 seat he held from 1997 through 2000, picked up the endorsements of two prominent city employee unions on Friday.
The Fresno Police Officers Association and the Fresno City Firefighters Association announced their endorsements of Bredefeld, a psychologist who is running against public-relations professional Holly Carter and entertainer Jeremy Pearce.
The police union has a membership of about 1,100, including 732 active police personnel plus retirees who maintain membership in the organization. The firefighters association represents almost 300 members.
Both organizations made their endorsement choices after interviewing the candidates. FPOA president Jacky Parks said Bredefeld’s prior experience on the council “makes him stand out among the District 6 candidates.” Parks also praised Bredefeld for his “vision to add desperately needed staffing for Fresno police and Fresno firefighters.” Parks added that the FPOA board voted unanimously on Thursday to endorse Bredefeld.
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James Scroggins, FCFA vice president, said the organization chose to endorse Bredefeld because of “a firm understanding of the continuing problems surrounding fire protection” in the city. The firefighters association board took its endorsement vote Wednesday.
Bredefeld is focusing on public safety as a centerpiece of his campaign, pledging to explore raising revenue for more police officers and firefighters by selling unused city land and offering naming rights to facilities at the Fresno Convention Center. “I will always stand with the people who are our protectors,” Bredefeld said at a press conference Friday.
Both FPOA and FCFA endorsed Bredefeld when he ran for the District 6 seat and won in 1997.