Thank you for the tremendous support you have shown since I announced my candidacy for Mayor of Fresno. So many fellow Fresnans have agreed that our city is at an important moment in its history. We face the risk of falling backwards, just as unique opportunities to create a more prosperous, safe, healthy community for everyone lie before us.
I entered the campaign knowing that winning would be one challenge, and juggling multiple obligations during the campaign would be another. To maintain integrity with those making substantial commitments to our campaign, I have always known that I must be able to put forth the effort needed to win.
As the campaign has come to life, I have realized that I need to be directing my available time and energy into the health of my family rather than into the campaign. I’ve been in to win, and winning would require more time than I am able to commit going forward. Therefore, I am discontinuing our campaign at this time.
With gratitude and respect, much of the contributions received will be returned to donors on an equitable basis. In coming days and weeks, we will be finalizing the books and following up with donors individually. We appreciate your patience during this process.
I have truly enjoyed campaigning and getting to know people from all around Fresno who care about our city’s future. In its next Mayor, Fresno must have a leader committed to lifting up Fresno’s people, neighborhoods, and economy. Prospective candidates have nearly four more months to file papers and run.
For my own part, I remain committed to working with you as a colleague, community partner, and friend to create the better Fresno of tomorrow. I relish the opportunity to serve alongside you every day.
Thank you again.
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