Mims, deputies union en­dorse Bran­dau for su­per­vi­sor

The Fresno Bee - - Local - BY RORY APPLETON rap­ple­[email protected]­nobee.com Rory Appleton: 559-441-6015, @Ro­ryDoesPhon­ics

Fresno County Sher­iff Mar­garet Mims will sup­port Fresno City Coun­cil­man Steve Bran­dau’s bid for Fresno County su­per­vi­sor in the up­com­ing spe­cial elec­tion, she told The Bee in an in­ter­view.

The spe­cial elec­tion will be on March 5, and a ma­jor­ity is re­quired to win the seat. If nec­es­sary, a runoff elec­tion will be June 4.

Bran­dau will face Nas­reen John­son, the mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for the Fresno Eco­nomic Op­por­tu­ni­ties Com­mis­sion, and Steve Hosey, a small busi­ness owner and for­mer Ma­jor League Base­ball player.

Bran­dau “has a proven record of sup­port­ing law en­force­ment,” Mims said. “And his po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy fits re­ally well with that of the county gov­ern­ment. He’s a guy who gets things done.”

Mims said Bran­dau’s ex­pe­ri­ence on the coun­cil gave him an un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tant ser­vices the county pro­vides, such as law en­force­ment, men­tal health care and as­sist­ing the home­less. She recorded a ra­dio ad an­nounc­ing her sup­port Thurs­day.

In an in­ter­view, Bran­dau said the Fresno County Deputy Sher­iff’s As­so­ci­a­tion, the union that rep­re­sents Mims’ deputies, has also en­dorsed him, as has Fresno po­lice Chief Jerry Dyer.

“It’s fun­da­men­tal to my cam­paign that folks un­der­stand that I have a close re­la­tion­ship with pub­lic safety, es­pe­cially law en­force­ment,” Bran­dau said.

Bran­dau, an un­apolo­getic con­ser­va­tive who is near­ing a term limit on the City Coun­cil, said Mims was one of the first peo­ple he spoke to when he de­cided to run for su­per­vi­sor more than a year ago.

The open su­per­vi­sor Dis­trict 2 in­cor­po­rates much of the area in the city of Fresno which Bran­dau rep­re­sents — a chunk of north­west Fresno be­gin­ning at Clin­ton Av­enue at its south­ern­most point and stretch­ing to the north­ern bor­der of the city.

Bran­dau briefly con­sid­ered run­ning for state Se­nate, but opted in­stead to run for the county seat then held by An­dreas Borgeas, who cap­tured the va­cant Se­nate seat in Novem­ber.

Steve Bran­dau

Mar­garet Mims

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