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September 21, 2016

Local Democrats Announce Official Endorsements


FRESNO—The Fresno County Democratic Party has concluded its process for endorsements in local races. The list of endorsees, including the previously endorsed candidates at the state and federal level, appears below. Links to the campaigns’ online presence is included where available.

  • U.S. President: Hillary Clinton
  • U.S. Senate: Kamala Harris
  • U.S. Congress District 4: Robert Derlet
  • U.S. Congress District 16: Jim Costa
  • U.S. Congress District 21: Emilio Huerta
  • U.S. Congress District 22: Louie Campos
  • State Assembly District 31: Joaquin Arambula
  • City of Fresno Mayor: Henry Perea
  • Fresno City Council District 5: Luis Chavez
  • Kerman City Council: Espi Sandoval
  • Mendota City Council: Victor Martinez
  • City of Sanger Mayor: Raul Cantu
  • Sanger City Council District 1: Melissa Hurtado
  • Sanger City Council District 3: Daniel Martinez
  • San Joaquin City Council: Eva Luna and Marta Silva
  • Selma City Council: Jim Avalos
  • Fresno County Board of Education District 3: Nelson Esparza
  • State Center Community College District Trustee Area 3: John Leal
  • State Center Community College District Trustee Area 6: David Rowell
  • Clovis Unified School District Trustee Area 5: Scott Troescher
  • Central Unified School District Trustee Area 6: Richard Martinez
  • Fresno Unified School District Trustee Area 2: Yuritzy Villasenor
  • Kerman Unified School District Trustee Area 3: Maria Medina
  • Selma Health Care District: Doug Kessler and Lorane Avalos

The chair of the Fresno County Democratic Party, Michael D. Evans, noted that an unprecedented number of candidates sought the party’s endorsement this election cycle. “We have an outstanding slate of Democratic candidates. Some of our endorsement decisions were difficult,” Evans said, “but we have endorsed individuals who will have an immediate positive impact on our communities.”

The Fresno County Democratic Party focuses on educating voters and turning out the vote. The official Coordinated Campaign headquarters is at 1035 U Street in downtown Fresno. To volunteer or for more information, contact 559-495-0606 or