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Fresno Country Board of Supervisors District 3 Election Underway

Photo by: Josiah Poynter
Edward “EJ” Hinojosa speaks at a forum at Fresno City College on Feb. 15.

The Primary Election for District 3, Fresno County Board of Supervisors, will be held on March 5 along with all major races on the ballot. District 3 holds Fresno City College, the Tower District and unincorporated communities like Calwa.

Incumbent County Supervisor Sal Quintero is being challenged by Fresno City Council members Miguel Arias and Luis Chavez while a political newcomer arrives in Edward “EJ” Hinojosa. 

All four candidates are Democrats, meaning the seat will not flip to another party regardless of the results.

As of now, three out of the five supervisor seats are held by Republicans while the other two, Districts 1 and 3, are held by Democrats.

“The number one question I have received on this campaign has been; what do the County Board of Supervisors even do,” said Hinojosa.

The County Board of Supervisors acts as the government for all unincorporated cities in the county and regulates land use. 

Supervisors can hold positions on boards, commissions or committees related to public transportation, sanitation and water management. It chooses the heads of county departments including Social Services.

It plays a role in the approval of the county budget, roughly $4.8 billion according to the files on the County Administrative Office website

Quintero has held the supervisor position since he was elected in 2016, Chavez has been a council member since the same year while Arias began tenure after his election in 2018. Hinojosa is a music teacher at Gaston Middle School.

“I would broadly describe my platform as a building agenda,” said Hinojosa.

He supports constructing affordable housing, road repair and communal spaces such as parks, markets and a library in the Tower District.

Hinojosa described the current board of supervisors as “austere” and took little measures to improve the county’s problems. 

Hinojosa states his campaign to be grassroots and does not plan to take contributions from the oil industry and developers. At the same time he said he would see whether he would like to take donations from “power players” in the future.

Arias said his focus is on homelessness, housing and foster care. 

In an article from Fresnoland, Arias said “New $400,000 homes (do) nothing for the lady on a social security check of $1,000, it does nothing for the single mom working three jobs and can’t afford that house. It’s a false narrative by developers.”

He said that the current Board of Supervisors are more focused on turning the county into a “retirement home” rather than doing their jobs to help the people.

“They (Board of Supervisors) tend to have an extremely heavy hand on small business owners and entrepreneurs, while ignoring corporations who are putting their employees at risk,” said Arias.

Arias said that his current campaign has not taken “any contributions from corporations.”

According to the CampaignDocs Retrieval website provided by the County of Fresno and Fresnoland’s infographic, Arias’s campaign received donations from contractor companies such as HVL Construction Inc. and developer Peter Stravinski.

When asked to comment, Arias responded that these were transfers from his “previous council campaign account” and has not taken any corporate donors since.

Chavez said public health and improvement of foster kids care were the biggest issues that also tied into the current homelessness crisis.

He considers the county to be responsible for public health systems and social services.

“As a foster parent, I’ve personally seen foster youth be homeless at a higher rate than others,” said Chavez.

He said his solution to lower housing prices is the building of new homes from apartments to tiny homes to “have more options and bring down rent prices.”

According to Chavez, he receives funding primarily from labor unions and said that he was the only candidate to receive support from them. 

Current incumbent Quintero points to his recent work with Congressman Jim Costa to bring $7 million for road repairs in Calwa, and new motions to bring broadband internet as ways the county is helping underserved communities.

Quintero considers these needs to have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

“The most important issues are some of those that have already been started to be addressed,” said the incumbent. 

He said it is not the county’s responsibility to construct homes, but commission contractors and developers to do so. 

Two out of the four candidates will advance to the general election in November if no one gets over 50% of the votes at the primaries.

Find county district boundaries here.

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Matthew	Echavez
Matthew Echavez, Reporter
Matthew Echavez is a 19-year-old student majoring in the field of journalism. He has lived in Fresno all his life but has visited numerous countries like Japan and Russia. Journalism was not always his first career choice. For the longest time, Matthew juggled with various interests and beliefs. His lack of direction led nowhere concerning a solid idea of what he wanted to do as a career. From history to video games and sports, he developed all sorts of fads and enjoyments, but not truly anything he could see himself make a career in. It would slowly begin to change when he started involving himself in amateur writing. Matthew’s interest in expressing himself better and talking about topics that came to mind allowed him to realize his enjoyment of writing. He took an interest in researching and attempting to convey stories. Though relatively short, this stint nurtured a small audience that encouraged him to continue forward with his self-expression. Further interest in writing would mature with Matthew’s interests in hard conversations, politics, and social commentary. He wanted to be the one to ask questions and do something meaningful to him. Despite some initial reservations about journalism due to its implausibility as a career, he took the chance after some encouragement. In his spare time, Matthew loves to play games with friends. He also likes to listen to all types of music, especially from abroad and plays guitar. He hopes to experience journalism at The Rampage and learn more about the profession while growing as an individual.
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Josiah Poynter, Managing Editor
Josiah Poynter is a 21-year-old journalism major in his fourth semester at Fresno City College and his third in the Rampage. He was born and raised in Camarillo, CA (go PVCS Lions) but has lived in Chicago and now lives in Fresno. Josiah previously held the positions of both the Entertainment and Sports Editor and is now the Managing Editor. He loves journalism and has excelled at writing, even winning a writing contest in second grade against high school students. He has been a part of a newsroom since 2020 going all the way back to his high school in Downers Grove, IL. Moving forward into the future, Josiah knows journalism is calling. He takes pride in knowing his voice and his writing can shape the news landscape and be the voice for people for many years to come. He wants to do something like political reporting, courtroom reporting, or taking on bigger issues that affect local communities but is ultimately unsure where journalism will take him. When he’s not in the newsroom, Josiah is enjoying life and taking it easy as he sees no need to rush when the world has so much to enjoy. He takes one day at a time and prefers relaxing and going out with friends than anything. Some of his hobbies include watching movies (especially those up for award-season), being a nerd about things whether it be comic book media or breaking down the ins and outs of sports, and constantly trying to convince his girlfriend he’s Batman.  

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