“NO ON G CAMPAIGN PREDICTS VICTORY,
With the absentee count nearly complete, the “No” side of the Measure G election took the lead by 193 votes late Friday, after the County Elections department announced it had processed all late arriving absentee ballots and had counted all except 600 challenged ballots.
URGES LEADERS TO COME TOGETHER TO STRENGTHEN FRESNO
In addition, there are approximately 2,100 provisional ballots filled out at polling places by people who either never received an absentee or for one reason or another failed to show up on the voter rolls on Election Day.
According to Phil Giarrizzo, consultant to the “No” committee, “With a 193 vote lead right now, we feel very confident that we will be the official winner when the vote is finalized next week. We have won every count since the first vote-by-mail tabulation, and we expect the trend to continue.”
“In the final analysis, voters decided they wanted to keep their high-quality public service. So, the real credit for the win goes to those hard working city staff who provide dedicated, cost-effective services every day,” said Marina Magdaleno, Business Representative for the union representing the garbage workers.
“Now it’s time for us all to work together to revitalize our local economy, recruit new businesses, and make Fresno a better place to live, work, and raise our families,” added Susan Anderson, former County Supervisor and one of the No on G campaign leaders.
In closing, Randy Ghan, leader of the Fresno Central Labor Council commented: “Ours was a unique coalition ... Republicans, Democrats, business, and labor ... all working for a better Fresno. We hope to keep that spirit alive.”
The No on G campaign committee, Taxpayers for Good Government and Quality Public Services, includes the following business, labor, elected and community representatives:
Henry T. Perea, Member, California State Assembly; Fresno City Council Member (Ret.)
Oliver Baines, Member, Fresno City Council District 3
Sal Quintero, Member, Fresno City Council District 5
Blong Xiong, Member, Fresno City Council District 1
Henry R. Perea, Fresno County Supervisor, District 3
Susan B. Anderson, Attorney At Law; Fresno County Supervisor (Ret.)
Frank Balikian, Jr., Retired City of Fresno Accountant/Auditor
Les Kimber, Member (Ret.), Fresno City Council, District 1
Doug Vagim, Member, San Joaquin Valley Taxpayers Association; Fresno County Board of Supervisors (Ret.)
Jacky Parks, President, Fresno Police Officers Association
Randy Ghan, Secretary-Treasurer, Fresno Central Labor Council
Marina Magdaleno, Business Representative, Stationary Engineers Local 39
Susan Good, Small Business Owner