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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of FresnoCandidate for City Council, Council District 5

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Luis Chavez

Councilmember Assistant
8,079 votes (58.11%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Jobs/Economy
  • Public Safety
  • Neighborhood Maintenence



Profession:City Council Chief of Staff/ Fresno Unified School Board President
Trustee, Fresno Unified School Board — Elected position (2012–current)


California State University, Fresno Master's , Public Administration (2008)
California State University, Fresno Bachelor's, Business Administration (2002)


Luis grew up in southeast Fresno and has lived in the same neighborhood in the Roosevelt area for 22 years.

He is a graduate of Roosevelt high, received an A.A from Fresno City College, B.A. and a Master’s in Public administration from California State University of Fresno.

Luis has a proven track record of working in the community with private corporations, schools, colleges, non-profits and government agencies.

His experience includes working for community based organizations that help people on welfare get off of public assistance and into full time jobs. Prior to his current role as Chief of staff for Councilmember Sal Quintero, Luis worked on policy development for Supervisor Susan Anderson at Fresno County.

In addition, he has worked as a teacher at Fresno City College and was director for the Central valley health network (helping rural communities/ farmworkers get access to medical services).

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Fresno Police Officers Association
  • Sal Quintero/Fresno City Councilmember
  • International Association of Fire Fighters 753 Local 753

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

✓ Worked with the police department to shut down drug houses near our schools and keep our children safe.

✓  Led the effort to support putting a police officer in every high school and middle school in Fresno Unified.

✓ Co-wrote a city law (gang injunction) that prohibits gang members from being around schools, parks and community centers with the intent of recruiting children into gangs, engaging in drug sales, gang activity or intimidating children and families.

✓ Co-hosted a senior citizen town hall meeting, with Councilmember Quintero and the Fresno Police department to prevent seniors from being scammed, abused and taken advantage of.

✓ Worked with the police department to install cameras and gunshot detecting technology at schools, parks and city streets (to combat gang crimes).

✓ Worked with the city of Fresno to widen Peach avenue, repave Orange Avenue, repave Heaton Avenue and install safe accessible sidewalks to schools (safe routes to school program).

✓ Worked with Councilmember Quintero to help JD foods Processing expand their existing business and create 144 new good paying jobs.

✓ Currently working with business owner to develop the Fancher Creek project on Clovis/Tulare that when completed will bring 1000 new good paying jobs to the area, along with movie theatres, large retail stores and restaurants.

✓ Helped the new southeast supermarket (SF Market) expand into southeast Fresno and create 100 plus new jobs.

✓ Serves as a director (governing board) for the California state assistance for enterprise, business and industrial development Corporation (an organization that helps small businesses, farms and energy companies secure monies to start or expand their businesses).

 ✓ Led the efforts to open up Fresno unified schools as parks/green space for children after school and on the weekends.

✓ Led the effort to open up Fresno unified school pools for children/families during the hot summer months.

✓ Worked with the City of Fresno to save the senior hot meal programs from cutbacks and ensure our senior citizens have a hot meal to eat.

✓ Worked with the City of Fresno to partner with non-profits and faith based organizations to bring computer literacy classes for adults and children to the Mosqueda Community Center.

✓ Increased high school graduation rates to 84% in Fresno and voted to support investing in vocational training programs (welding, plumbing, carpentry, auto mechanic shop classes).

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