FRESNO, CALIFORNIA - Amid questions as to outgoing Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin's political aspirations, she confirmed to KSEE24 that her decision to run for California governor in 2018 is a "firm no."
"I'm not running for governor," Swearengin said.
Rumors about her run for California's top spot stem from a Sacramento Bee article in which the paper put her in third place in a field poll behind Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Republican San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
"It's certainly nice to be asked" if I'm running for governor, Swearengin said. "No one has ever asked me directly if I'm running. If they would, I would have said no I'm not running ... it's a firm no."
Swearengin has been hired to become the new president and CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation -- a local nonprofit for charitable contributions, grants and bequests from philanthropists.
She will leave office in January, and Fresno City Councilman Lee Brand will take over as mayor.
For more on this, make sure to watch KSEE24's political show "Sunday Morning Matters" after "Meet the Press" at 8 a.m.