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CVPPAC Endorsements for the June 5th Primary

The Central Valley Progressive PAC has endorsed the following candidates in the June 5, 2018 primary:

Daren Miller



Fresno City Council District 3
Daren Miller
More information about Daren Miller and his campaign can be found here:



Veva Islas



Fresno City Council District 7
Veva Islas
More information about Veva Islas and her campaign can be found here:



Aileen Rizo



State Assembly District 23
Aileen Rizo
More information about Aileen Rizo and her campaign can be found here:



Melissa Hurtado



State Senate District 14
Melissa Hurtado
More information about Melissa Hurtado and her campaign can be found here:



Brian Pacheco



Fresno County Board of Supervisors District #1
Brian Pacheco
More information about Brian Pacheco and his campaign can be found here:



Failing to reach a 2/3 majority on which candidate to support in the Congressional District 22 race, the CVPPAC issued the following statement: “The CVPPAC encourages members to do everything we can to defeat Devin Nunes.”

Candidates in additional races will be considered at the next CVPPAC meeting on Saturday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m.. That meeting will be held at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N Van Ness ave.

Members at the CVPPAC endorsement meeting voted to make the following contributions to our endorsed candidates:

$1,500 to Daren Miller, candidate for Fresno City Council District 3
$2,000 to Veva Islas, candidate for Fresno City Council District 7
$1,500 to Aileen Rizo, candidate for Assembly District 23
$500 to Melissa Hurtado, candidate for Senate District 14

For more information, contact:
Pam Whalen
CVPPAC President
















Articles about Strategy, Elections and Winning Political Power in Fresno

The following articles, printed in the Community Alliance newspaper, represent the perspective of the CVPPAC:

September 2017

Click here to read Are you Progressive?

Do you consider yourself on the left or a liberal? A progressive or a neo-liberal? Or do all of these mean the same thing? As a founding member of the Central Valley Progressive Political Action Committee (CVPPAC), I have been asked many times, by people with the best of intentions and some who were hostile, what we mean by progressive?

August 2017

Click here to read: Why this CVPPAC member is running for office

Daren Miller wants to be the District 3 Fresno City Council member who will replace Oliver Baines, who terms out in November 2018. According to Miller, he is comfortable running as a progressive because in that district (west Fresno, downtown and the southern part of the Tower District) there is no downside to being an advocate for working people, demanding decent and affordable housing for residents and establishing Fresno as a sanctuary city. Miller said, “the good thing about District 3 is that if you show yourself as a moderate you are going to lose votes.”

July 2017

Click here to read: Dump Nunes!

Valley Congressional Representative Devin Nunes’ role as a lapdog for President Donald Trump does not sit well with many of his constituents. As Trump, with help from Nunes, tries desperately to dodge allegations that his campaign team was complicit in the Russian interference of the 2016 U.S. elections, candidates are stepping forward to take back the 22nd Congressional District.

June 2017

Click here to read article: If you Want a Progressive Majority on the Fresno City Council

The 2018 Fresno City Council District 7 race is going to be even more exciting than expected.  There are already two progressive candidates interested in the position and a Republican has emerged who, from what we are hearing, wants to buy his way into City Hall. The two progressive candidates are both close to the CVPPAC—Nelson Esparza and Genoveva Islas.  Although it is too early for the CVPPAC to endorse either candidate, our analysis indicates that if one of them wins the District 7 race, there will be a liberal/progressive majority on the City Council.

May 2017

Click here to read article: Here is How we are Building a Progressive Movement

The Central Valley Progressive PAC has launched a social media campaign targeting young people, encouraging them to not only be more politically engaged but also to aspire to take political power in this community. With hope, enthusiasm and a strategic plan to win elections, our goal is to get progressives elected to school boards, the City Council and eventually as the mayor of Fresno. How is the CVPPAC going to do that? Find out by reading this interview I did with the CVPPAC’s youngest executive board member, Simone Cranston-Rhodes.April 2017. . .

April 2017:

Click here to read article: Another Fresno is Possible

If I’m right about this, we are about to change Fresno into paradise where those living in other parts of the state and country look to us as a beacon of hope. We will base our public policy on the core progressive values of social, economic and environmental justice. If I’m right, you will become a member of the Central Valley Progressive PAC and we will take political power in this community from the school board to the mayor. If I’m wrong (and you don’t join the CVPPAC), it will be business as usual with the corruption, poverty and ecological degradation we have come to expect. Of this I’m certain—the choice is yours.

March 2017:

Click here to read article: Power to the People

If everyone reading this issue of the Community Alliance newspaper joined the Central Valley Progressive PAC, we would run this town. Fresno would be a Sanctuary City, we would have police accountability, the homeless would be treated with dignity and respect, people would be paid a living wage and there would be green space and parks in every neighborhood.

With 10,000 members (a mere 1% of the population of Fresno County), the CVPPAC would have enough resources to run viable electoral campaigns in every Fresno race in the next four years. We could elect progressives to every local office from school board trustee to mayor.

February 2017:

Understanding the Political Landscape of the City


January 2017:

Don’t Mourn, Organize!


October 2016:

The Elephant in the Room

Will Henry Perea Be Fresno’s Next Mayor?

Be a Part of the Political Revolution in Fresno, join the Central Valley Progressive PAC

Progressive is our Middle Name, But What Does it really mean to be Progressive?

WANT A MORE PROGRESSIVE FRESNO? …then join the Central Valley Progressive PAC