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.
A few tidbits and quick hits as Election Day closes in:
— The 5th Assembly District sprawls across all or parts of nine counties in the western Sierra foothills, across the highest peaks and over to the Nevada border.
There’s tons of square miles, and no real big cities.
So how does a candidate reach voters? Not by television, it seems, at least not during the general election.
Calaveras County businessman Rico Oller and Madera County Supervisor Frank Bigelow are passing up TV in favor of radio, lots of radio, as well as mailers, to get their message to voters.
“TV for that district is nearly impossible,” said said political analyst Tony Quinn, a former GOP legislative aide and co-editor of California Target Book, a nonpartisan analysis of legislative and congressional races.
The main TV markets are Fresno and Sacramento — or even Reno — but they only cover parts of the district. It’s not much bang for the buck, Quinn said.
Both Oller and Bigelow have purchased radio spots on stations in Bishop, Sonora, Fresno, Modesto, Merced, Jackson, Mammoth Lakes and Stateline and Reno in neighboring Nevada.
— It’s hard to get all seven Fresno City Council members to agree on much of anything, but it appears they’ve come together on State Center Community College District trustee Richard Caglia.
Lee Brand, Andreas Borgeas, Blong Xiong, Larry Westerlund, Sal Quintero, Oliver Baines and Clint Olivier have all endorsed Caglia for reelection over challenger Kevin Hall in District 7 on the State Center board.
— A few weeks ago Fresno County Supervisor Debbie Poochigian not only announced her endorsement of Jim Patterson over Bob Whalen in the 23rd Assembly District race, she also sent her constituents a letter urging them to support the former Fresno mayor as well.
Now, we know how much that cost.
Patterson’s latest campaign finance report shows Poochigian spent $3,635.52 on postage, envelopes and letters.
— Otto Lee, the Bay Area Democrat who is challenging incumbent Republican Devin Nunes in the 22nd Congressional District, is now a Clovis resident.
Lee, a lawyer and former City Council member and mayor of Sunnyvale, had lived in the Bay Area during the primary. But this week his campaign said he was a Clovis resident.
Fresno County elections officials confirmed Lee changed his voter registration from Sunnyvale to a Clovis apartment in June.