Fresno Mayor Lee Brand announcement of not seeking a second term in 2020 has opened the door to new candidates who were undecided.
On Monday, Brand said in a statement, he did some self-reflection and had an open and honest discussion with his family.
“We had a family meeting and the consensus was “dad you need to finish this term off and stop and smell the roses, travel and enjoy your grandchildren,” Brand said.
Brand said he will devote his full attention by moving the city forward by bringing in more jobs, tackling human trafficking, and finding a new police chief.
“I’m not going to be a lame duck. I’m going to be totally engaged in my job and again I feel like I’ve lost tons off my shoulder by having the burden of this re-election. I’m really energized to take on the challenges that we have,” Brand said.
City Councilman Luis Chavez also threw his name in the race.
Chavez said he wasn’t planning to run if Brand sought a second term but he told Your Central Valley that he’s qualified for the Mayor’s spot because he’ll work across the aisle to get something done that will better the city of Fresno.
Fresno Chief Jerry Dyer said he’s strongly considering running for the top executive office.
Earlier this year, Dyer told his fellow colleagues that he plans to retire in October.
Dyer said he wants to bring people together and tackle the important issues in Fresno.
‘I think we need to focus on those things that are most important to the citizens of Fresno that is public safety, that is job creation, economic prosperity. It’s dealing with street addiction which leads to homelessness in our streets. It’s about removing the blight and beautifying our city and allowing people in Fresno to feel good about where they choose to live,” Dyer said.
Former Congressional Candidate Andrew Janz is also running in the mayoral race.