Mayor Brand won’t seek reelection in 2020

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Fresno Mayor Lee Brand will not seek reelection in 2020.

“Last month, I turned 70 years old and the occasion caused me to reflect on my life, my career and my time as your Mayor,” Brand said in a statement. “As a result of this self-reflection, I had an open and honest discussion with my family about seeking a second term. The overwhelming consensus was that it was time I move on.  My wife wants to travel and I want to spend more time with my grandchildren.

“Therefore, I have decided to announce that I will not run for a second term as Mayor of Fresno.”

The announcement makes the mayoral seat a wide-open race. 

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer thanked Brand for his service to Fresno.

“I am appreciative of Lee’s ongoing service as the Mayor of our city and respect his decision not to seek re-election,” Dyer said in a statement. “During my remaining time as the Police Chief I will do all I can to allow his Administration to be successful.”

Dyer himself may run for mayor.

“I am strongly considering running for the Office of Mayor.  However, prior to making a final decision, I will be consulting with those closest to me and seeking God’s affirmation,” Dyer said.

Fresno County prosecutor Andrew Janz is already in the race, and Fresno City Councilman Luis Chavez confirmed Monday that he was running as well.

Janz thanked Brand for his years of service.

“I want to thank Lee Brand for his long-standing service and commitment to our great city. It’s time that we come together as a community.”

Brand has served the city of Fresno for nearly two decades.

“For the past 18 years, I have served this City, as a planning commissioner, City Councilmember and Mayor and I have no regrets. I love Fresno and its people and I’m forever grateful to have the opportunity to serve as Mayor of this great City.

Read Brand’s full statement here:

Last month, I turned 70 years old and the occasion caused me to reflect on my life, my career and my time as your Mayor.  As a result of this self-reflection, I had an open and honest discussion with my family about seeking a second term.  The overwhelming consensus was that it was time I move on.  My wife wants to travel and I want to spend more time with my grandchildren.

Therefore, I have decided to announce that I will not run for a second term as Mayor of Fresno. 

I have a little over 19 months left to complete my term and my vision remains constant: create economic prosperity for our City, improve public safety, improve the quality of life for all and unify Fresno.  For my remaining time in office, I will stay focused on moving that vision forward.

The people of Fresno and their needs are more important than my political plans.  Not running for a second term will allow me to devote my full attention to moving this City forward. Running for a second term as Mayor would consume time and energy that is better used to achieve my vision.

Not having the burden of re-election gives me the freedom to devote all of my energy to improving our community. I will keep the ‘pedal to the metal’ until my last day in office.

For the past 18 years, I have served this City, as a planning commissioner, City Councilmember and Mayor and I have no regrets. I love Fresno and its people and I’m forever grateful to have the opportunity to serve as Mayor of this great City.

I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to my family, the incredible employees of the City of Fresno and all those who have supported my vision and stood beside me as we worked toward a better Fresno.  I ask you to join my quest to finish strong over the next 19 months. Thank you!

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