There is a new entrant in the race to represent north Fresno and Clovis in the nation’s capital.

“My name is Ricardo Franco, and I am running for Congress to unseat Devin Nunes,” the Fresno Democrat announced to about 50 supporters Wednesday (Sep. 7) night at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.

He called out Nunes for not meeting with the people and for his ties to President Donald Trump. “Nunes has become nothing more than Trump’s rubber stamp,” Franco said.

Franco joins Fresno County assistant district attorney Andrew Janz as officially announced Democratic candidates for the June 2018 primary.

Regarding specific issues, Franco talked about DACA, the immigration policy allowing undocumented immigrants brought here as children to remain and work in America. “DACA recipients are not criminals. They have assimilated the most,” Franco says.

Regarding water, Franco favors comprehensive reform and says he supports the Temperance Flat dam project.

After his introductory speech, Franco elaborated on his background to GV Wire. He is 33 years old and grew up in Fresno. He attended Clovis West High School before attending the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business (same as Trump, Franco noted). He returned to Fresno where he has worked in the technology sector. Franco says he is not working currently to focus on his campaign.

Franco has no elected office experience, rather his only political involvement has been as a campaign volunteer. He also noted that he has nearly 100 family members in the area.

Given the strong name value Nunes possesses in California’s 22nd congressional district and around the nation, Franco said he will have to fund-raise to unseat the longtime incumbent Republican and also rely on his grassroots support.


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