The race for Devin Nunes’ soon-to-be vacated Congressional seat is heating up.
Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig announced Wednesday that he is running to represent the 22nd District, which stretches from North Fresno and Clovis to Visalia and Tulare.
Magsig became the first local Republican to formally enter the field.
State Sen. Andreas Borgeas (R–Fresno) launched an exploratory committee with the Federal Elections Commission earlier this week, which is an early signal of his interest in running.
In a statement released by his campaign, Magsig said he will continue the legacy of strong Congressional leadership for the Valley with a focus on cutting wasteful spending.
“I’m committed to continuing the fight against radical environmentalists to improve the flow of water to our Valley and ensure we can feed the world,” Magsig said. “And I’m ready to step up action to ensure that our forests are actively managed to stop the threat of devastating wildfires in the Sierras.”
Magsig is currently serving his second term as a supervisor and was first elected to the position in 2016.
Before he joined the county, Magsig was elected to the Clovis City Council in 2001 and served as Clovis Mayor twice during his tenure.
Along with his work in government, Magsig is a licensed general contractor, licensed lead inspector and energy management and building performance specialist.
With Nunes departing at the end of the year to run former President Donald Trump’s nea $1 billion media company, the state will hold a special election to fill the seat.
A primary election could be held in April, and if no candidate wins a majority, the special election runoff could be held with the statewide primary election on June 7, 2022.
To go along with his announcement, Magsig said he picked up the backing of Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, former Fresno County Sheriff Steve Magarian, Clovis City Councilmen Drew Bessinger and Vong Mouanoutoua, Fresno County Supervisor Buddy Mendes, Madera County Supervisor Tom Wheeler, Kings County Supervisor Doug Verboon, Clovis Unified trustee Tiffany Stoker Madsen, and Fresno developers Darius and Farid Assemi.