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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

City of FresnoCandidate for City Council, Council District 3

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Miguel Arias

Community College Trustee
1,478 votes (29.38%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety – Safer Neighborhoods
  • Education – New Community College
  • Economy – More Local Jobs



Profession:Community College Trustee
Chief Information Officer, Fresno Unified School District (2008–current)
Trustee, State Center Community College District — Elected position (2015–current)
Board President, Esperanza Foster Family Agency — Appointed position (2000–current)
Board Member, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) — Appointed position (2009–2015)


California State University of Fresno Criminology, Law Enforcement (not availa)
Library of Congress Advanced Legislative/Appropriations Process Institute (not availa)
California School Board Assocation Master's in Governance Program (not availa)
Harvard Graduate School of Education Family Engagement in Education (not availa)
Association of Community Colleges Trustees Governance Leadership Institute (not availa)


College Trustee Miguel Arias spent his youth as a farmworker in West Fresno County, working to pay his college tuition and learning ­first-hand the value of hard work.

Miguel’s determination and hard work guided him from the harvest fi­elds to the halls of the United State Congress, where he served Central Valley families as a legislative aide for Congressmen Cal Dooley.

Due to the devastating drought Miguel returned to Fresno to lead emergency food relief efforts and to advocate for more water storage. For the last decade, he has served as an education executive, improving to record levels high school and colleges graduation rates and creating a pathway for a new generation of leaders.

Miguel’s hard work and leadership in our community earned him recognition as ‘Educator of the Year’ from the Association of California School Administrators. He also received the Golden Bell Award from the California School Board Association, the Community Leadership Award from Centro La Familia, and the Community Leadership Award from the Fresno Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Committee.

Miguel currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for the Fresno Unified School District and is a State Center Community College District Trustee. Miguel lives in downtown Fresno with his family.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Sal Quintero, Fresno County Board of Supervisor
  • Esmeralda Soria, Fresno City Councilmember
  • Alan Autry, Former Mayor, City of Fresno

Individuals (4)

  • Sarah Woolf, Waterwise, CEO
  • Darrin Person, Pastor
  • Juan Arambula, Former California Assemblymember
  • Dan Ronquillo, Former Fresno City Councilmember

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