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Supervisor Borgeas extends olive branch to campaign rival

Last year at this time, local businessman Larry Fortune was running for Fresno County supervisor and churning out campaign literature calling his opponent Andreas Borgeas — you may want to close your ears — a “liberal.”

Borgeas, a conservative, shot back, labeling Fortune a desperate career politician. The race got ugly. Feelings got hurt.

But this month Borgeas, in one of his first moves as the new supervisor, is seeking to mend fences with his old rival by appointing him to a key county commission.

“I think it’s important that we put the campaign behind us, as fierce and as competitive as it was,” Borgeas said.

The supervisor said he asked Fortune to apply for a seat on the Civil Service Commission, a panel that helps resolve employee-employer disputes.

Fortune obliged, and Borgeas said he’ll seek approval for Fortune at the next Board of Supervisors meeting.

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