Population 2010

930,450

Population 2020

1,008,654

Registered Voters

496,482

Republicans

161,696

Democrat

195,697

Minor Party

10,560

No Party

16,558

Municipalities

City Name Population
Clovis120,124
Coalinga17,590
Firebaugh8,296
Fresno542,107
Huron6,306
Kerman13,544
Mendota11,014
Orange Cove9,078
Parlier14,494
Reedley24,194
San Joaquin3,270
Sanger24,270
Selma23,319

Superintendent of Schools

Treasurer / Tax Collector

County Commission

District 1Brian Pacheco
District 2Steve Brandau
District 3Sal Quintero
District 4Buddy Mendes
District 5Nathan Magsig

School Board

District 1Keshia Thomas
District 2Elizabeth Jonasson Rosas, President
District 3Valerie F. Davis
District 4Veva Islas, Clerk
District 5Andy Levine
District 6Claudia Cazares

Brief Political History

The Government of Fresno County is defined and authorized under the California Constitution, law, and the Charter of the County of Fresno. Much of the Government of California is in practice the responsibility of county governments, such as the Government of Fresno County. The County government provides countywide services such as elections and voter registration, law enforcement, jails, vital records, property records, tax collection, public health, and social services. In addition the County serves as the local government for all unincorporated areas.

According to the California Secretary of State, in October 2012 there were 410,188 registered voters in Fresno County. 158,267 (38.6%) were registered Republican, 164,663 (40.1%) were registered Democratic, 19,841 (4.8%) are registered with other political parties, and 67,417 (16.4%) declined to state a political party.[citation needed] Republicans have a plurality or majority of voter roll registration in the cities of Clovis, Coalinga, Kingsburg, Reedley, and the unincorporated areas. The other cities and towns have Democratic pluralities or majorities.

From Fresno County's incorporation in 1856, it voted Democratic in every election until the 1904 election in California, when President Theodore Roosevelt stood for re-election. Fresno County backed Roosevelt over his Democratic opponent Alton B. Parker. This did not immediately change the county's voting tendencies, however. It supported southern Democrat Woodrow Wilson in the elections of 1912 and 1916.

Fresno County was generally Republican from the onset of the "roaring 1920s" until the Great Depression, when former President Franklin D. Roosevelt forged the New Deal Coalition that benefitted the agrarian county. From 1932 till 1976 the county consistently voted Democratic, barring Richard Nixon's landslide victory over former Senator George McGovern (D-SD) in the 1972 Presidential Election.

With former President Jimmy Carter's defeat by former President Reagan, Fresno became a GOP-leaning swing county: it barely favored Reagan's successor former President Bush and voted Democratic for Bill Clinton only in his 1992 presidential bid. Republicans won elections in Fresno County by increasing margins from 1996 to 2004, but when the GOP lost ground with Hispanic voters after 2004, the county swung Democratic, voting twice for Barack Obama, and then for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Until the 2020 election, with Joe Biden winning nearly 53% of the vote, the last time the Democratic nominee won with an absolute majority of the vote was the 1964 election.

 

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