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Jim Patterson says he is staying put at the state Capitol.

On Monday (Nov. 26), GV Wire wrote about the possibility of Patterson running for the soon-to-be-vacant Fresno County supervisor seat, held by state Sen.-elect Andreas Borgeas.

Patterson, a Republican Assemblyman from Fresno, quashed all speculation Tuesday.

“To clear the rumor mill once and for all, I will not be seeking the vacated seat on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. Now more than ever, our region and its values need a persistent and persuasive voice and vote in the State Capitol,” Patterson said in an email statement.

The conservative Lincoln Club’s Michael Der Manouel Jr. had suggested to GV Wire that Patterson think about running for the supervisorial seat.

Who May Run

Fresno City Councilman Steve Brandau has said he is definitely running for the county’s District 2 seat.

Here is a list of others who say they are contemplating jumping into the fray:

— Fresno County prosecutor and former congressional candidate Andrew Janz

— Fresno attorney and former city council candidate Brian Whelan

— Former Central California Blood Center CEO Dean Eller

— Local labor leader Chuck Riojas

Election Dates

Borgeas will officially vacate the seat Dec. 3. The Fresno County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to call for a special election the following day. The election would be held March 5, 2019. If no candidate achieves a simple majority, a special election would take place June 4.

The county estimates the elections will cost $250,000, and the tab will be picked up by the General Fund.

The filing period is Dec. 4 through 5 p.m., Dec. 12. The filing fee is $1,200.25, with a statement of qualification fee of $1,300. A candidate needs 20 signatures to run for the seat.

The District

District 2 spans north-central Fresno County and is primarily metropolitan. It includes north and central Fresno, Clovis, Fig Garden, Pinedale, Fresno State, and shopping centers such as Manchester, River Park and Fashion Fair.

Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email