Arballo, Bliatout prep bids against Nunes

Fresno financial planner Phil Arballo is jumping into the race to challenge Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare).

And there appears to be more en route to jump onto the campaign trail.

Arballo twice entered and dropped out of the special election for the open seat on the Fresno City Council once held by now-County Supervisor Steve Brandau.

It is unclear if Arballo, who formally filed paperwork to run in the Aug. 13 Council special election, will still appear on the ballot despite having exited the race.

Arballo’s decision to file against Nunes was first reported by California Target Book guru Rob Pyers.

Meanwhile, Bobby Bliatout, the third-placed finisher of the 2018 primary against Nunes, has opened an exploratory committee for a 2020 bid and has prominently been pushing an “Impeach Nunes” message.

Arballo and Bliatout join PriceWaterhouseCoopers analyst Dary Reznavi in challenging Nunes in 2020.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.