In the Fresno City Council District 7 race, Nelson Esparza is the incumbent. If the June primary winner gets over 50% of the votes, the seat is won. If not, the top two vote-getters will be on the ballot in November.
About the district
District 7 includes east-central and parts of southeast Fresno, including the older neighborhoods of Manchester, Radio Park, Romain Park, Lafayette Park/Fresno High east, Old Fig, and the newer neighborhoods near Shields and Temperance avenues.
About the candidates
Nelson Esparza is the current Fresno City Council president who has represented District 7 since 2018. He also teaches economics at Fresno City College. Prior to serving on the city council, Esparza served on the Fresno County Board of Education, where he represented central and south Fresno.
Jason Jesada Keomanee is a retired paralegal. Keomanee lives in the Roosevelt High neighborhood.
Courtney Westfall is a campus life site director at Youth for Christ Fresno Madera. She was a volunteer for Americorps and lives in the Fresno High/Old Fig neighborhood.
Who is funding the District 7 candidates’ campaigns?
Nelson Esparza is the only candidate who has created a campaign committee, which allows him to accept and report political contributions. He has raised nearly $300,000, with the majority of contributions coming from developers, business interests and labor unions. Click and zoom through the interactive below to learn more about the donations.