Clovis City Council candidates discuss growth


Many families flock to the City of Clovis for its way of life but on Tuesday, voters will decide on who will be guiding the city into the future. 

City Mayor Bob Whalen was first elected in 2003 to serve on the city council, he’s running for another term and hopes to remain on the board. 

The Mayor is decided on a voter by the city council, it’s not a general election open to the public. 

“We have the lowest unemployment in the county, lower than the state average, lower than the national average. We have measurement for our gross domestic product for the city of Clovis it has been accelerating significantly. We continue to create new jobs,” Whalen said. 

Former Clovis police captain and city council incumbent Drew Bessinger wants to make sure there are enough resources when it comes to public safety. 

‘We want to be able to grow but not so fast that we outpace our ability to give the services that people expect from us. People move here because we have great schools and we’re a safe community,” Bessinger said. 

Incumbent Jose Flores was first elected to the city council in 1999. He said he has seen the city grow in a smart way.

The city building many subdivisions that have created their own small communities. 

“We’ve had a great time growing Clovis in a smart way making sure we have all of the infrastructure, making sure we have public safety and that we’re still a safe and clean community,” Flores said. 

New to the campaign trail is Maeketah Rivera, 28, a Fresno Police Community Officer. 

Your Central Valley did reach out to Rivera for an interview but our emails were not returned. 

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