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Fresno Mayor Swearengin endorses Kasich for president

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin speaks during her 2015 state of the city address. On Friday, April 29, the John Kasich presidential campaign announced that it has won the mayor’s endorsement.
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin speaks during her 2015 state of the city address. On Friday, April 29, the John Kasich presidential campaign announced that it has won the mayor’s endorsement. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin endorsed Republican presidential candidate John Kasich on Friday.

The Kasich campaign made the announcement, saying Swearengin was joining its California leadership team.

Interestingly, Donald Trump’s state director is Tim Clark – who guided Swearengin’s 2014 unsuccessful bid for state controller as well as her two successful runs for mayor.

In the Kasich release, Swearengin says the Ohio governor “has a proven, pragmatic and responsible record of getting things done for the American people. If we are serious about winning and putting solutions first to grow our economy, I encourage Californians to join me and support Governor Kasich.”

Kasich, in turn, heaps praise on Swearengin: “She has led the way in revitalizing her community to bring jobs and opportunity to Fresno while also improving the public services her office provides. She is a great example of the potential we can unlock if Washington gets out of the way to empower local leaders to solve problems and make their communities stronger.”

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