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Election Night: Perea Appears to Lock in Fresno Council Win

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Annalisa Perea appears to be headed to a Fresno City Council victory. (GV Wire file)
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Fresno voters have had their say. Now, it is time to tabulate the ballots.

Preliminary results show Annalisa Perea above the 50% mark to win her Fresno City Council race outright.

John Zanoni currently has the lead to become next Fresno County Sheriff.

The first ballot results represent vote-by-mail ballots returned through Monday. Results were updated as of 9:42 p.m. Tuesday.

Fresno City Council District 1

Perea has 58% of the vote after the second update Tuesday. If that number holds, she will become councilwoman-elect.

Cary Catalano has 26%, Mike Briggs 10% and Jeremy Preis at 5%.

If the lead candidate has more than 50% of the vote, he or she will win the seat outright and be sworn in next January.

Fresno City Council District 1
Candidate  Votes %
Annalisa Perea             2,708 58.0%
Cary Catalano             1,194 25.6%
Mike Briggs                531 11.4%
Jeremy Preis                232 5.0%
Write-in                     3
TOTAL             4,668

Other Fresno City Council Seats

Fresno city voters went to the polls in three other odd-numbered districts. While all races had more than one candidate, the three incumbents will return for another term.

In District 3 — southwest Fresno and downtown — Miguel Arias leads two other candidates with 64%.

District 5 Councilman Luis Chavez will return for his second full term, and third overall, representing southeast Fresno. He has 56% of the vote. Brandon Vang, a Sanger Unified trustee, has 44%.

Nelson Esparza, whose District 7 changed the most during redistricting, will continue in office. His area now stretches from central Fresno eastward. He has 67%, leading two other candidates.

Sheriff Race

With 13% turnout, Zanoni, the assistant county sheriff, leads the two-person race against Mark Salazar, Fresno deputy police chief, 57%-43%. Both men are hoping to replace Sheriff Margaret Mims.

Mims, sheriff since 2007, announced her she will retire after her term expires and did not run for a fifth time. She endorsed Zanoni as her replacement.

Zanoni and Salazar are two law enforcement veterans, running their campaigns with similar views on major issues. Both want deputies to wear boy cameras, both strongly support the Second Amendment and right to carry, and both want to see reform at the jail.

Fresno County Sheriff
Candidate  Votes %
John Zanoni           37,348 56.6%
Mark Salazar           28,605 43.4%
Write-in                  69
TOTAL           65,953

Fresno County Supervisor

Only one of the two Fresno County Supervisor seats had more than one candidate.

Incumbent Buddy Mendes leads the District 4 race with 51% of the vote. Jose Antonio Ramirez is next with 26%. Fowler City Councilman Danny Parra has 23%.

If a candidate attains more than 50%, he will win the seat outright. If not, the top two will advance to a November runoff.

Mendes will win re-election if the numbers hold.

District 1 Supervisor Brian Pacheco did not have an opponent.

Fresno County Supervisor, District 4
Candidate Votes %
Buddy Mendes             4,973 51.0%
Jose Antonio Ramirez             2,549 26.2%
Danny Parra             2,210 22.7%
Write-in                  10
TOTAL             9,742

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