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.”