The founders of Fresno Citizens for Good Government know that in a few years, Fresno will be listed among the thirty largest cities in the nation. We also want to see Fresno listed among the thirty best managed cities in the nation, recognized for our effective government and for our commitment to education, jobs, public safety and a healthy environment, offering a superior quality of life and city amenities befitting the size of our community. We believe all that and more is possible if our elected officials all work together in pursuit of a single interest: the welfare and prosperity of our community.

Fresno Citizens for Good Government
Fresno, California
May, 2003

The 2010 Elections

The FCCG Board of Directors is pleased to endorse the following candidates in the 2010 elections.

Has there ever been a better qualified California candidate for the U. S. Senate than Tom Campbell? With a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago (Milton Friedman was his faculty advisor), Mr. Campbell has served as a professor at the Stanford Law School, Director of the Bureau of Competition in the Reagan Administration, five terms as a U.S. Congressman from the Silicon Valley, one term in the California State Senate, Director of Finance for the State of California, and Dean of the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.

Besides his superb credentials, what most impressed the board of FCGG was Mr. Campbell’s commitment to restoring fiscal discipline to our federal government (go to to see his plan for reducing the federal deficit in half) as well as his understanding of Valley issues, his eagerness to learn more, and his commitment to be a champion for the Valley in the nation’s capital.

FCGG will be hosting a reception for Mr. Campbell from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Friday, May 7th at the Downing Planetarium (see flyer).

All the candidates for the Fresno City Council interviewed by the FCGG Board stressed their commitment to public safety. That is as it should be. There is no more important issue for local government. With the City of Fresno facing its most serious fiscal challenges since the great depression, and with unemployment approaching twenty percent, the board focused on how well candidates fit three criteria: governance experience, commitment to fiscal discipline and understanding of how local government can help foster job creation. Accordingly, FCGG is proud to endorse these four candidates:

  • Blong Xiong for District # 1.
    As the only incumbent running for re-election, Mr. Xiong brings the benefit of continuity and a track record for fiscal responsibility and consensus building.
  • Mike Briggs for District #3.
    As a former Fresno City Councilman and State Assembly Representative, Mr. Briggs brings needed governance experience to the City Council.
  • Valerie Davis for District # 5.
    In her current role as Chair of the Fresno Unified School District board, Ms. Davis has demonstrated strong governance skills and a commitment to fiscally responsible decision-making.
  • Marcelino Valdez for District # 7.
    While the candidates in the District # 7 race are both inexperienced in governance, the FCGG board was impressed with Mr. Valdez’ experience as a businessman and financial planner , and his support of business creation in the Hispanic community.

The fiscal issues of the City of Fresno pale in comparison to those facing Fresno County. The seriousness and urgency of the challenges are such as to require experienced leadership with a deep understanding of the issues and a commitment to fiscally responsible solutions. Accordingly, FCGG is endorsing the two incumbents running for re-election: Phil Larson for District #1 and Judy Case for District #4.

Kern County Supervisor Michael Rubio Endorsed by FCGG for State Senate
As the only Democrat on the five-member Kern County Board of Supervisors, Mr. Rubio has demonstrated his ability to work across party lines to find thoughtful and sensible solutions to issues. He will bring that much needed skill to the California State Senate.

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