Ashley Swearengin – State Controller Candidate
We all had to wait until July 18th to know who would be the second place finisher in the State Controller’s race, but we’ve known since the primary June 3rd who finished in the top spot. Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a Republican, came through with 24.8 percent of the statewide vote. Swearengin will face Democrat Betty Yee, a member of the State Board of Equalization, in the November general election for the office of Controller, where she would serve as the state’s chief fiscal officer. On Tuesday, August 26th we welcomed Swearengin to the Sacramento Press Club. Thank you to photographer Jeremy Sykes for the photos (not including the phone pics).
As the Sacramento Bee noted in its endorsement of Swearengin, she has made many unpopular budget cuts during her tenure as mayor, but Fresno has avoided bankruptcy and appears to be on the mend from the great recession. She’s butted heads with public employee unions, but has also crossed some party lines and supports the high speed rail project.
Swearengin earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from California State University, Fresno. Before becoming mayor, she held several positions to promote business and economic development in the Fresno area, including the first director of the non-profit Central Valley Business Incubator, co-founder of the Regional Jobs Initiative, and Chairman of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.