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City Council seats create early interest

I bumped into Cary Catalano on Thursday morning in the Fresno City Hall parking lot.

Catalano said he’s already gearing up his campaign for the District 1 City Council race. Catalano unsuccessfully ran for the District 3 seat in 2002.

Council President Blong Xiong, the District 1 incumbent, is termed out in 17 months.

Then I bumped into Marina Magdaleno Thursday afternoon in the council chamber. She said she’s considering a run for the District 1 seat.

Magdaleno is business representative for the city’s blue-collar union. She recently played a key role in the successful effort to stop outsourcing of the city’s home trash service.

As I left the council chamber on Thursday afternoon, Barbara Hunt told me she’s thinking about a run for the District 3 seat. Hunt most recently ran against Mayor Ashley Swearengin in 2012.

Next year’s primary is more than 10 months away. The seats in districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 are up for grabs. Oliver Baines (District 3), Sal Quintero (District 5) and Clint Olivier (District 7) are in their first terms. They most likely will seek re-election.

It’s going to be a busy season in local politics.

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