Fresno County Supervisor Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) has announced his candidacy for the California State Senate, 8th District, a seat currently held by term-limited Senator Tom Berryhill of Modesto.
In a press release, Borgeas states he is running to address the serious challenges facing the state, including overwhelming taxes, unaffordable education, job-killing regulations and declining standards of living. As a Fresno County supervisor, Borgeas has balanced multi-billion dollar budgets, increased deputy patrols, fought bureaucratic waste, protected seniors and veterans from scammers, and helped employers create good jobs in our community.
“Count on me to fight against tax hikes, protect Proposition 13 and work to repeal the unfair $52 billion gas tax,” Borgeas stated. “I am ready to solve California’s chronic water problems and lead efforts to provide more reliable water for our farms and families.”
As an educator with more than a decade of classroom experience, Borgeas supports K-12 education reforms, increased vocational training and promoting greater local academic control. He will also fight to make California safer by reinstating the DNA collection of convicts to help law enforcement solve more crimes.
He is a graduate of Georgetown Law School, Fulbright Scholar and professor of international security law at the San Joaquin College of Law.
Andreas is married and has two children.
The 8th Senate District has an 8% Republican registration advantage. The District stretches from Death Valley to the suburbs of Sacramento, and includes all or part of the following counties: Madera, Mariposa, Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Mono, Sacramento, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne - yet, 56% of the vote in the 8th District comes from Fresno County.
In his release, Borgeas said he has earned a list of national, state, and local supporters, including Berryhill, seven county sheriffs, supervisors, mayors and community leaders throughout the 11-county district.
He has raised about $575,000 for his campaign and has not made any personal loans to his campaign.
There are currently two other candidates who have announced their intention to run for Berryhill’s seat - Paulina Miranda (D), who unsuccessfully ran ran against Berryhill in the last election and twice lost elections for a seat on the State Center Community College District board for a seat on - and Tom Pratt (D), a school board member in Calaveras County.
The deadline for people to file nomination papers for the June 5 primary election is March 9. The general election is Nov. 6.