Fresno City Council Member Clint Olivier made it official Wednesday — he’ll seek a second term serving District 7, which covers the central part of the city.
The decision was never in doubt. A few months ago, Olivier was already sparring with public employee unions over his second term. The unions were feeling good after defeating Measure G, Fresno’s residential trash privatization proposal, which Oliver supported.
“Hit me with your best shot,” he said at the time.
Olivier, 38, made his announcement in front of Babcock Lawnmowers on Blackstone Avenue.
He was backed by more than three dozen people holding campaign signs with the slogan “Good News for Fresno.”
Olivier said in an interview that he’s been walking precincts for three weeks, and “the response has been very encouraging.”
He also pointed out that members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1027 — Fresno’s bus drivers — and the city’s firefighters’ union came to the campaign kickoff to show their support.
It is, Olivier said, “indicative of a major split in labor.” He said it also shows he isn’t anti-labor.
Other unions are still looking for an opponent for Olivier. They feel he has not championed their causes and has opposed some labor issues after telling unions he was supportive.