Amanda Fleming, the elected City Clerk of Firebaugh and a 2022 contender for California State Assembly, was charged with four felony counts related to election and voter fraud, Fresno County prosecutors announced Thursday.
Fleming finished third in a primary battle for California State Assembly in the 27th Assembly District against now-Asm. Esmeralda Soria (D–Fresno) and former Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin. In the general election, she successfully ran for City Clerk of the western Fresno County city.
What’s in the complaint: Prosecutors with the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Unit charged flemming with one felony count of election fraud, one felony count of perjury, and two counts of voter fraud.
- Fleming, whose legal name is Amanda Pearl Speakes, allegedly submitted her 2022 candidate application for City Clerk by claiming her business address in Firebaugh as her home address. The candidate application is filed under penalty of perjury.
- Fleming actually resides outside of the city limits of Firebaugh in Madera County, prosecutors discovered.
- Fleming illegally voted twice in Fresno County elections in the 2022 June Primary and November General elections when she should have voted in Madera County, prosecutors alleged.
What’s the exposure? If convicted of all charges, Fleming would face fines, jail time, or up to five years of state imprisonment.