Fresno, California municipal elections, 2014

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The city of Fresno, California held nonpartisan elections for city council on November 4, 2014. A primary election was held on June 3, 2014. The filing period for candidates wishing to run in this election ended March 7, 2014.[1]

Four of the seven city council seats were up for election. These were districts 1, 3, 5 and 7. District 1, however, was an open seat, as incumbent Blong Xiong was ineligible to run due to term limits.

In the June 3 primary election, incumbents Oliver Baines, Sal Quintero and Clint Olivier won re-election outright by receiving a majority of the votes. In District 1, no candidate received a majority. The top two candidates therefore advanced to the general election on November 4. These candidates were Cary Catalano and Esmeralda Soria.[2]

Jobs and the privatization of the city's trash services were some of the key issues that shaped Fresno's 2014 election cycle.

Candidate list

District 1

Note: Incumbent Blong Xiong was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

June 3 Primary election candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 3

June 3 Primary election candidates:

District 5

June 3 Primary election candidates:
  • Sal Quintero Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbent Quintero first assumed office in 2011.

District 7

June 3 Primary election candidates:

Election results

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Fresno City Council, District 1 General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEsmeralda Soria 52.4% 5,430
Cary Catalano 47.3% 4,896
Write-in 0.3% 35
Total Votes 10,361
Source: County of Fresno - 2014 Election Results

Fresno City Council, District 1 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCary Catalano 33.9% 2,569
Green check mark transparent.pngEsmeralda Soria 33.5% 2,539
Rama Dawar 10.7% 812
Rebeca Rangel 9.5% 718
Mark Castro 7.3% 552
Jackson Shepherd 3.2% 244
Lawrence Cano 1.7% 127
Write-in 0.2% 14
Total Votes 7,575
Source: County of Fresno - 2014 Election Results
Fresno City Council, District 3 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngOliver Baines Incumbent 66% 2,785
Barbara Ann Hunt 19.6% 827
Eddie Rashad 13.6% 574
Write-in 0.8% 32
Total Votes 4,218
Source: County of Fresno - 2014 Election Results
Fresno City Council, District 5 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSal Quintero Incumbent 97.9% 3,742
Write-in 2.1% 82
Total Votes 3,824
Source: County of Fresno - 2014 Election Results
Fresno City Council, District 7 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngClint Olivier Incumbent 54.3% 2,077
Mike Wells 29.6% 1,130
Art Gonzales 8.3% 316
Mauro Saldate 7.5% 288
Write-in 0.3% 13
Total Votes 3,824
Source: County of Fresno - 2014 Election Results

Issues

After the June 3rd primary election, only one city council race was left undecided: District 1. The following discussion highlights the key issues in Fresno and how they impacted the District 1 race.

Jobs

As with many municipal elections in 2014, jobs and joblessness were central issues; but in Fresno, where the unemployment rate hovered above 11% (5% above the national average) throughout much of 2014, they were critical.[3] Both District 1 candidates - Cary Catalano and Esmeralda Soria - made jobs core campaign themes and singled out the need to create "middle class" employment opportunities.[4][5]

Measure G

In the June 2013 elections, a proposition called "Measure G" made its way onto the ballot that asked voters to decide whether or not to privatize the city's trash collection service. Fresno voters narrowly chose not to privatize, but the issue remained a point of contention. Soria spoke out against the measure, while Catalano voiced support for it.[6]

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