It’s election season, which means GV Wire continues its series of forums featuring candidates running for office.
Thursday, in conjunction with CMAC, GV Wire will speak with candidates for Fresno City Council District 6. All of the candidates have been invited. They are attorney Roger Bonakdar, banker and former planning commissioner Raj Sodhi-Layne, safety consultant Nickolas Richardson, and nonprofit professional Molly Fagundes-Johnston.
Bonakdar, Sodhi-Layne, and Fagundes-Johnston are confirmed; Richardson has a military reservist training obligation and will be unable to attend.[Update, 1/24/2024: Richardson said he will attempt to attend via Zoom.]
The election is March 5. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the top two will advance to the Nov. 5 general election. The four-year term starts Jan. 7, 2025.
GV Wire Senior Reporter David Taub will host the forum, which starts at 6 p.m.
How to Watch
Video from the forums will also be archived on GV Wire’s platforms.
About the District
District 6 encompasses northeast Fresno, roughly bounded by Blackstone Avenue to the west; Bullard Avenue to the south; Willow Avenue to the east; and Friant Avenue to the north.
Current District 6 Councilmember Garry Bredefeld is termed out, after serving two terms. He is running for Fresno County Supervisor.
Only Sodhi-Layne has had formal experience in government, serving as a planning commissioner from 2017 to 2021. She is currently a vice president with U.S. Bank.
Bonakdar made headlines in the last year, representing former Bitwise Industries employees in a lawsuit against their former and now-bankrupt employer.
Fagundes-Johnston is a former Fresno State student body president, with experience working in Washington, D.C., for former congressmember Richard Pombo. She also worked with Valley Children’s Healthcare Foundation.
Richardson, a Marine veteran and current reservist, is a safety consultant.
Sodhi-Layne, Fagundes-Johnston, and Richardson are registered Republicans; Bonakdar is registered without party preference.