“Old Fresno versus the new Fresno;” candidates already draw lines in race for mayor

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Two official entries, Fresno prosecutor Andrew Janz and City of Fresno Councilmember Luis Chavez.

One speculation: Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

All potentially competing for one spot.

“We still have major challenges in front of us, we simply don’t generate the revenues from property taxes, sales taxes, and so on, to pay for our core services,” Fresno Mayor Lee Brand saying Monday.

Monday afternoon, Janz calling the election a turning point.

“We have the same cast of characters running for office, and nothing’s really getting done,” Janz said.

Taking aim at prospective candidate, Dyer.

“We both wear badges, so I respect some of the work that he’s done in our community, but I don’t think the people of Fresno are going to elect another person from the Fresno political machine,” Janz said. 

Dyer saying, he wants to make sure the timing is right.

Referencing his qualifications: a department with a multi-million dollar budget, and intense scrutiny.

“I’ve been that person in front of the podium, bringing calm to Fresno during a time of crisis,” Dyer saying Monday. “I’ve been that person, who has comforted families during times of tragedy.”

Analysts saying Dyer’s name-recognition could be a double-edged sword.

“Jerry Dyer has never run for public office,” analyst Don Larson telling us. “I mean, he’s been appointed chief of police, he’s never had to submit himself to the electorate.”

Councilmember Luis Chavez, who’d still have time left to serve on the council if his run didn’t pan out, citing his work in government.

“I have a track record of actually bringing people together” Chavez said. “Whether you’re Republican, Democrat, independent, and I think at the end of the day, people expect that from government, to get things done.”

Our analysts say it is surprising Brand chose to go, when he’s not termed-out, but Brand says he has more to accomplish, including 5,000 more jobs and bringing the unemployment rate below 5 percent. 

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