Facing Assembly term limit, Patterson launches 2024 bid for Fresno Co. Supervisor

Asm. Jim Patterson (R–Fresno) announced Wednesday that he will run for Fresno County Supervisor in 2024 in what is likely to be a titanic election battle.

He will likely challenge Supervisor Steve Brandau, a fellow Republican, for the District 2 seat. 

Patterson made the announcement on KMJ as he was filling in for host Ray Appleton. 

A former Fresno mayor, Patterson was first elected to the California Assembly in 2012. 

He is up against the 12-year term limits for state legislators in 2024, necessitating a run for another office or retirement from public service. 

Patterson won reelection last week for his last term in the Assembly by nearly 50 points against Libertarian candidate Thomas Nichols, as of the latest count Wednesday. 

Throughout his time in the Assembly, Patterson has consistently voted with his conservative colleagues. 

He also sits on the Joint Committee on Legislative Audit and has notably pushed for state audits into the California High Speed Rail Authority, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Employment Development Department and the California State University system. 

Brandau resigned from the Fresno City Council to run for the Board of Supervisors in 2019 and was reelected for a full term in 2020. 

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.