Candidate drops out of Fresno’s District 6 race

Although one candidate is exiting the race, another has filed papers to enter, adding another wrinkle in the race to replace Councilman Garry Bredefeld in northeast Fresno.

The race for Fresno City Council District 6 had a bit of a shakeup this week. 

Candidate Justin St. George announced that he is ending his campaign and backing out of the race. 


Driving the news: St. George said in his announcement that he is stepping away from the race due to personal medical reasons. 

  • St. George, a navy veteran, jumped into the race early this year against attorney Roger Bonakdar and veteran Nickolas Richardson. 
  • Early fundraising totals from the trio looking to succeed Councilman Garry Bredefeld showed a clear financial leader. 
  • For the first half of the year, Bonakdar reported nearly $220,000 in fundraising with around $215,000 left in the war chest. 
  • St. George took in over $7,000 in the same period and had around $2,500 left. 
  • Richardson, similar to St. George, raised around $8,600 and had over $5,000 left in the bank. 

What we’re watching: While St. George is exiting the race, another candidate has appeared: Raj Sodhi-Layne. 

  • Sodhi-Layne, a banker and former city planning commissioner, recently filed papers to run for the district. 

What they’re saying: “After consultation with my closest loved ones, I have decided to step away from the City Council race due to personal medical reasons,” St. George said in a statement. “I hope that you will keep myself and my health in your prayers.”

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