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Smittcamp Accuses Bredefeld of Dirty Campaigning. He Says His Mailers Are the 'Truth.'
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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February 23, 2024

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Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp sends voters a text on behalf of Supervisor Steve Brandau’s re-election bid.

She criticizes opponent Garry Bredefeld, saying he is engaging in “dirty campaigning.”

Bredefeld responds with a voter text of his own, doubling down on his accusations against Brandau.


Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp is already involved in a contested county supervisor race to represent north Fresno.

Smittcamp cast her lot with incumbent Steve Brandau. She has appeared in TV ads supporting his re-election. And, now she is wading in deeper with a recent text message to voters, criticizing opponent Garry Bredefeld, a Fresno city councilmember.

“I am reaching out to you because of the dirty campaign that Garry Bredefeld is waging against Supervisor Steve Brandau and Fresno County. It is shameful the way Garry is leaving out the truth and trying to mislead you on issues to get your votes,” Smittcamp said.

Smittcamp texted voters that Bredefeld was “misleading” voters on Brandau’s record about an illegal biolab, the county foster care program, and a needle exchange program.

“What we don’t need in our county government is grandstanding, temper tantrums, and false accusations,” Smittcamp said.

A Steve Brandau mailer responding to Garry Bredefeld’s claims. (Brandau campaign)

Bredefeld Continues Criticism of Brandau in Text Response

Bredefeld is one of five candidates in the election, which ends March 5.

“Those aren’t false accusations, just the truth. If expecting a politician to do the people’s business and calling them out when they don’t is grandstanding, then I’m guilty as charged.”Garry Bredefeld, city councilmember and supervisorial candidate

He sent voters a response text, doubling down on his accusations.

“Like you, I want a county government we can trust to do the right thing and stand up for our values. My opponent, Steve Brandau, has failed at his job,” Bredefeld wrote.

He texted that Brandau “failed” on the biolab, COVID restrictions, and protecting children.

“Those aren’t false accusations, just the truth. If expecting a politician to do the people’s business and calling them out when they don’t is grandstanding, then I’m guilty as charged,” Bredefeld wrote.

Other candidates in the race include Fresno County Assessor-Recorder Paul Dictos, social worker Dion Bourdase, and businessman Bryce Herrera.

Voters can cast ballots now through March 5. A candidate will win the election with a majority of the vote. If not, the top two vote earners advance to the Nov. 5 general election.

A mailer sent out by Garry Bredefeld’s campaign criticizing Supervisor Steve Brandau. (Brredefeld campaign)

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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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