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Bessinger vs. Soares for open Clovis Council seat
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 7 years ago on
February 18, 2017

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In less than three weeks, Clovis voters will decide on three council seats, two of which are guaranteed to put someone new in office. Of those three races, only one has more than one person running: Drew Bessinger vs. Paul Soares to fill the remaining two-years of Harry Armstrong’s term. Armstrong served more than four decades before retiring last year.

For the two four-year seats, only two candidates are running: incumbent Lynne Ashbeck and planning commission member Vong Mouanoutoua.

Bessinger, a former Clovis police captain, and Soares, a health care executive, spoke with GV Wire along the campaign trail. They discussed why they are running, their thoughts for growth in Clovis and how the city compares to its neighbor, Fresno. Watch below!

Paul Soares

Drew Bessinger

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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