Visiting with a tableful of supporters, Lieutenant Governor hopeful Eleni Kounalakis visited Fresno on Friday morning. The stop is part of a road tour that is taking her to all parts of the state in advance of the June 2018 primary.

Among the 10 or so people at the breakfast meeting were state Assemblyman Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) and Fresno County Democratic Party chairman Michael Evans.

Kounalakis is a Democrat who served as ambassador to Hungary form 2010-13 under the Obama administration. Before that, the Sacramento-area native worked as a land developer.

Some other declared candidates included former Ambassador to Australia, Jeff Bleich; Los Angeles physician Dr. Asif Mahmood and current state Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez.

GV Wire spoke with her extensively following her meeting at the downtown Fresno Denny’s. We discussed why she is running; the problems with building housing in the state; whether calling President Donald Trump “the biggest bully of them all” is good for political discourse; her thoughts on legalized recreational marijuana and if she would want a dispensary in her neighborhood; and her opinion on the Temperance Flat Dam project.

Watch the highlights above and the full interview here:

photo: David Taub

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