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.

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