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Who Is Lining up to Run for Fresno, Clovis, Central School Boards?
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 4 years ago on
June 29, 2020

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Election season is about to resume in Fresno County.

While the Fresno City Council and mayoral races were decided in the March primary, there will be key school district races to vote on.

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Also in Politics 101:

  • Candidates who have filed to run.
  • Fresno Police Commission meets again.
  • Fresno City Council chambers closed after Arias’ son contracts coronavirus.

To help potential candidates learn the ins and outs of running, the Fresno County clerk’s office is holding an online primer course at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8.

“This free online informational class is designed to provide critical information for potential candidates, consultants, and others who will be involved in the election process,” a news release from clerk Brandi Orth’s office says.

At least three trustee positions will be contested each in the Central Unified, Clovis Unified, and Fresno Unified districts.

The nomination period officially opens July 13 for candidates to file. The deadline is Aug. 7. However, that date will be extended until Aug. 12 if the incumbent doesn’t file.

More information on the July 8 seminar can be found here.

Who’s Running So Far

According to documents from the county clerk’s office, here are candidates who have already filed an intention to run as of June 29:

District Area Incumbent Candidates filed
Central Unified 3 Phillip Cervantes none
Central Unified 4 Vacant* none
Central Unified 5 Richard Solis none
Central Unified 6 Terry Cox none
Clovis Unified 2 Ginny Hovsepian none
Clovis Unified 4 Hugh Awtrey* Hugh Awtrey (incumbent), Jonathan Holt
Clovis Unified 5 Steven Fogg none
Clovis Unified 7 Christopher Casado Christopher Casado (incumbent), Shawn Wills
Fresno Unified 2 Elizabeth Jonasson Rosas none
Fresno Unified 5 Carol Mills Carol Mills (incumbent), Devon Devine
Fresno Unified 6 Claudia Cazares none
Fresno County Board of Education 2 Michael Robinson none
Fresno County Board of Education 3 Daren Miller Daren Miller (incumbent), Robert Fuentes
Fresno County Board of Education 5 Allen Clyde Allen Clyde (incumbent)
State Center Community College District 2 Eric Payne Sevag Tateosian
State Center Community College District 3 John Leal none
State Center Community College District 6 Deborah Ikeda none
State Center Community College District 7 Richard Caglia Richard Caglia (incumbent)

Notes: The vacant position in Central Unified is for the remaining two years of Richard Atkins’ term. Atkins resigned last week.

The Clovis Unified seat of Hugh Awtrey will be for the remaining two years representing Area 4. Awtrey was appointed to the board last year to fill the seat of Brian Heryford, who resigned.

Council Chambers Closed After Arias’ Child Contracts COVID-19

Miguel Arias

The Fresno City Council chambers will be closed again after council president Miguel Arias announced his eight-year-old son contracted COVID-19.

“This is a scary and uncertain time for my family. However, like the many other affected families in our county, we remain positive and confident we will recover soon,” Arias said in a news release. “I will take this time to protect my family’s health while meeting my elected responsibilities to the best of my ability. Once again, I ask that everyone take all necessary precautions, including wearing a mask because the lives of our loved ones depend on it.”

Arias found out on Friday, one day after council chambers reopened for the first time since March 25. Arias says he and his family will quarantine until cleared.

Tuesday’s budget vote will still take place, starting at 9 a.m. via Zoom and phone-in only.

At last Thursday’s meeting, the chambers were retrofitted to accommodate social distancing. Seating on the dais was limited to the five council members present — Councilman Luis Chavez zoomed in and Paul Caprioglio, who normally phones in, was absent because of illness. The members were separated by clear plastic shields in front and toward the sides.

Others who normally sit on the dais, namely city manager Wilma Quan, city attorney Douglas Sloan, and city clerk Yvonne Spence, sat in the bullpen between the dais and gallery.

Mayor Lee Brand participated via Zoom from his home. Other department heads also Zoomed in from their City Hall offices.

Seats in the gallery were greatly reduced. Light blue coverings, about one every other row, marked available seats. For the most part, only city staff and media were the non-councilmembers attending.

The chamber underwent a full disinfection over the weekend.

Brand Delivers Last State of the City Tuesday Evening

Lee Brand

Normally, the State of the City draws nearly 1,000 people to downtown Fresno.

This year because of COVID-19, mayor Lee Brand’s final address on the affairs won’t have a live audience.

The Fresno Chamber of Commerce is still holding the annual event, but it will be on TV instead.

KSEE-24 will carry the address Tuesday at 7 p.m., with a replay on Sunday, July 5 at 8 a.m.

Brand opted not to run for reelection, and he will be succeeded by former police chief Jerry Dyer, who won the March primary outright.

The city is in a state of economic flux. Brand estimates that the budget will be more than $30 million in the hole because of lost tax revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Police Commission Meets Again Tonight

The Fresno Commission on Police Reform meets for the third time since its formation more than 10 days ago.

Members of the commission tell GV Wire the first two meetings were mainly introductions for the membership and how to organize. Tonight’s meeting will discuss crafting by-laws. Then, the group will break out into future subcommittee meetings.

So far, commission chairman Oliver Baines has earned high praise.

“Oliver is going an excellent job,” commission member Gail Gaston said.

The meeting will be conducted in person with an option for members to Zoom in.

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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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