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Borgeas Won’t Run for Congress, Mulls State Senate Re-election Options



Andreas Borgeas is out of the congressional race. He is mulling state Senate re-election options. (GV Wire File)
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Andreas Borgeas says he is no longer considering a run for Congress.

One day after Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, announced his intention to run for the 5th Congressional District, Borgeas, a Republican state senator from Fresno, says he’s out.

“I intend to suspend my exploratory committee for Congress. My family and I have been honored by the overwhelming support we have received over the last weeks urging me to pursue representing our community in Washington,” Borgeas said in a news release.

Borgeas’ campaign would not say what his 2022 electoral plans are, other than he is not running in any form for Congress — not for the special election to fill the vacancy left by Devin Nunes or for the June primary for a full-time seat.

Options for Senate Re-election

An option is to run for re-election for the state Senate. With redistricting that goes into effect with the June primary, Borgeas’ home district is now Senate District 12, which includes Visalia and Bakersfield.

Borgeas currently representing Senate District 8. The district includes north Fresno, Clovis, and mountain/Gold Country communities extending to the Nevada border.

Shannon Grove, a Republican state senator from Bakersfield, said she plans for re-election in SD 12. It would require a change of address for Grove and would pit her against Borgeas.

If Borgeas wants to avoid an incumbent vs. incumbent matchup, he could run in the adjacent SD 4, where most of his constituents are now because of redistricting. That would require a move, but perhaps not far away.

The district border between SD 4 and SD 12 is the Fresno/Madera county line. Also, the definition of “live” is broadly interpreted by state law. Just a legal voting address within the district at the time of filing is required.

Magsig Still In

McClintock’s announcement has not deterred Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig, R-Clovis, at least from running in the special election.

“I am still in,” Magsig said of his primary plans. But, he has yet to specify in which congressional district he will run.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, will run in Magsig’s hometown district, which will be CD 20. That district includes Clovis and parts of Fresno, Tulare and Kern counties.

Other options include CD 5, the eight-county district in which McClintock plans to run, and CD 21, which includes most of the city of Fresno, and parts of Tulare County where Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, said he will run.

Awaiting Date of Special Election

Gov. Gavin Newsom has until Jan. 15 to call for a special election for Congressional District 22, which will be decided by voters in the current district.

Optional dates now include May 17, 24 or June 7. The primary would take place nine weeks before —March 15, 22 or April 5.

The governor’s office tells GV Wire a decision on calling for the special election date could happen within the next few days.

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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