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Fresno City Council President Esmeralda Soria's recent campaign contributions

Fresno City Council President Esmeralda Soria is building a formidable war chest for her reelection campaign.

According to documents posted on the City Clerk’s website, the Soria for City Council 2018 campaign has received $29,900 in cash contributions over the past two weeks.

The donors include;

  • Local attorney/businessman Richard Caglia ($4,400)
  • Integrated Community Development principal Charles Brumbaugh ($4,200)
  • Integrated Community Development principal Benjamin Lingo ($4,200)
  • Integrated Community Development senior vice president Jacob Lingo ($4,200)
  • Fresno Police Officers Association PAC ($2,500)
  • Central Valley Residents for Responsible Government ($2,000); and
  • Mid Valley Disposal ($1,900)

Integrated Community Development is the Southern California company that plans to build a large housing project on Blackstone Avenue, a bit south of McKinley Avenue. A divided City Council in December gave the $38 million proposal a key shot in the arm by approving more than $2 million in loans and incentives.

The project site is in Soria’s District 1.

Exactly why Soria needs nearly $30,000 is unclear. She is running unopposed in the June 5 primary.

Of course, there’s no guarantee Soria will stick around City Hall for the full four years of her second term.

UPDATE: CVO reached out to Soria for comment on her campaign contributions and the money was raised before the filing period ended.

George Hostetter
George Hostetter is The Sun’s Fresno Civic contributor – covering the City of Fresno, County of Fresno, and Fresno Council of Governments.

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