JANZ WON’T RUN FOR VA­CANT SEAT

The Fresno Bee - - Front Page - BY RORY AP­PLE­TON rap­ple­[email protected]­nobee.com

Fresno Demo­crat An­drew Janz an­nounced that he will not run for a seat on the Fresno County Board of Su­per­vi­sors.

An­drew Janz, the Fresno Demo­crat who bat­tled Rep. Devin Nunes, RTu­lare, to a close de­feat in one of the na­tion’s high­est-pro­file con­gres­sional races, an­nounced Thurs­day that he will not run for a va­cant seat on the Fresno County Board of Su­per­vi­sors.

Janz, a Fresno County pros­e­cu­tor, an­nounced his de­ci­sion in a writ­ten state­ment re­leased ex­clu­sively to The Bee.

“Al­though I have been asked by many in the com­mu­nity if I in­tend to seek the va­cant seat on the county board of su­per­vi­sors, my wife and I have opted against an­other run for pub­lic of­fice at this time,” Janz said.

“As a pros­e­cu­tor and can­di­date for Congress, I have al­ways com­mit­ted my­self to the en­hance­ment of pub­lic safety and the pur­suit of jus­tice,” Janz said. “Right now, Fresno County is in des­per­ate need of ex­pe­ri­enced pros­e­cu­tors, which is why I have de­cided to con­tinue my pub­lic ser­vice as a lo­cal pros­e­cu­tor in the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s vi­o­lent crimes unit.”

Janz and Nunes are fresh off a con­tentious cam­paign in which the two com­bined to raise more than $20 mil­lion. The can­di­dates spent mil­lions flood­ing Val­ley air­waves and mail­boxes.

Fresno and Tu­lare coun­ties cer­ti­fied their elec­tions this week, with Nunes beat­ing Janz by about five per­cent­age points – by far the clos­est mar­gin Nunes has ever faced in his Repub­li­can­heavy dis­trict.

As Nunes grew to promi­nence through his close ties to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and in­volve­ment in sev­eral high-pro­file in­ves­ti­ga­tions as the chair of the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, so, too, did Janz’s star rise as a con­sum­mate foil to the 16year in­cum­bent.

Ru­mors had swirled that Janz could par­lay his new­found po­lit­i­cal no­to­ri­ety into a new bid for lo­cal of­fice. A con­ve­nient op­tion ap­peared to open up on elec­tion night, when Su­per­vi­sor An­dreas Borgeas cap­tured a seat in the state Sen­ate.

The spe­cial elec­tion to fill Borgeas’ for­mer su­per­vi­sor po­si­tion will be March 5. If needed, a runoff would hap­pen June 4.

As of Wed­nes­day, Fresno City Coun­cil­man Steve Bran­dau ap­pears to be the lone can­di­date for Borgeas’ seat. His coun­cil dis­trict over­laps with much of the va­cant county dis­trict.

JOHN WALKER [email protected]­nobee.com

An­drew Janz is coy about his po­ten­tial po­lit­i­cal fu­ture dur­ing an in­ter­view on Nov. 15 at the Fresno Bee.

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