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Lee Brand
Lee Brand (1).jpg
25th Mayor of Fresno
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byAshley Swearengin
Succeeded byJerry Dyer (elect)
Personal details
Born (1949-04-05) April 5, 1949 (age 71)
The Dalles, Oregon, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Trish Brand
(m. 1980)
EducationFresno City College
California State University,
University of Southern California (MPA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service1967–1973
UnitCalifornia Air National Guard

Lee R. Brand (born April 5, 1949)[1] is an American politician and businessman who is the 25th mayor of Fresno, California. He took office as the successor for Ashley Swearengin on January 3, 2017.[2] Upon inauguration, Brand became the oldest to assume the mayoralty of Fresno beating the previous holder Dr. Chester A. Rowell by 3 years and 21 days.[3]

Early life

Brand was born in The Dalles, Oregon, to a father of English descent and mother of Italian descent. Brand's mother was from Fresno, and his maternal grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from the Naples area.[1] The Brands moved to Fresno when Lee began kindergarten.[1]

Growing up in a poor household in which he shared a bed with his older brother, Brand began committing petty theft while in elementary school. While in junior high, Brand and some friends were arrested for breaking and entering in their school and served time in juvenile hall. "The ride home with his dad was in silence, but once through the door at home, Brand's father whacked him across the face," reported The Fresno Bee.[1] In 1964, when Brand was 15, his father died in a plane crash.[1]

At Theodore Roosevelt High School in Fresno, Brand competed on the cross country and track teams and ran a 1:59 half-miler in his junior year. After graduating in 1967, Brand briefly attended Fresno City College before enlisting in the California Air National Guard. After less than half a year in active duty as a technician, Brand returned to Fresno and engaged in a lifestyle he described as "sex, drugs, and rock and roll" before experiencing a "calling from God" in 1971. Brand began taking heavy course loads at Fresno City College and later California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) and graduated in 1973 from Fresno State summa cum laude.[1] Brand paid for his education by working at a local Sears and doing weekend patrol for the California Air National Guard.[1] He later received an honorable discharge from the Guard.[4]

Business career

Brand completed his M.P.A. at the University of Southern California in 1974 via a project instead of thesis.[1] From 1974 to 1978, Brand was an assistant mental health administrator for Madera County. On the side, Brand flipped houses and eventually opened a real estate business, Brand-Glenn & Associates, and car stereo store named The Sound Machine.[1] Brand's real estate business became Brand & Associates in 1981, and Brand co-founded Westco Equities in 1987.[1]

Political career

In 1996, Brand managed the successful campaign of Fresno City Council candidate Ken Steitz.[1]

After an unsuccessful campaign for the city council in 2000, Brand began serving on the Fresno Planning Commission as an appointee of mayor Alan Autry.[1]

Brand won election to the City Council in 2008 for the northeast Fresno seat previously held by Jerry Duncan.[1]

Electoral history

2000 Fresno City Supervisor seat 2 election[5][6]
Candidate First round Runoff
Votes % Votes %
Susan B. Anderson 22,844 46.12 44,471 68.50
Ken Steitz 14,901 30.08 20,383 31.40
Lee Brand 9,355 18.89
John Mendoza 2,365 4.77
Write-ins 68 0.14 70 0.11
Total 49,533 100 64,924 100
2008 Fresno City Supervisor seat 6 election election[7]
Candidate Votes %
Lee Brand 8,601 70.92
Michelle Jorgensen 3,128 25.79
Matt White 378 3.12
2012 Fresno City Supervisor seat 6 election election[8]
Candidate Votes %
Lee Brand (incumbent) 11,074 98.33
Write-ins 118 1.67
Total 11,273 100
Voter turnout 28.85%
2016 Fresno mayoral election[9][10]
Candidate First round Runoff
Votes % Votes %
Lee Brand 25,491 30.79 71,776 51.20
Henry Perea 37,006 44.70 68,053 48.54
H. Spees 15,089 18.23
Doug Vagim 2,910 3.52
Richard B. Renteria 2,090 2.52
Write-ins 199 0.24 363 0.26
Total 69,795 100 140,192 100

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Ellis, John (October 1, 2016). "Lee Brand rises from humble roots to thrive in business, seek mayor's office". The Fresno Bee. Archived from the original on February 4, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  2. ^ Ellis, John (May 14, 2016). "Brand, who rose from poverty to wealth, now looks to city's top job". The Fresno Bee. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Based on Date of birth to date of inauguration as Mayor. Dr. Chester Rowell was 64 years, 8 months, 10 days old at time of inauguration. Lee Brand was 67 years, 8 months and 30 days old at time of inauguration. Of note, Lee Brand assumed office after at 67 years, 8 months and 30 days old and Dr. Chester Rowell died aged 67 years, 6 months and 23 days old meaning Lee Brand assumed office as the oldest mayor of Fresno and after the second oldest mayor of Fresno entire lifespan. The Fresno Morning Republican. "New Hands in Grasp of City Government Reins." 27 Apr 1909.
  4. ^ "Full Biography for Lee Brand". SmartVoter. March 3, 2000. Archived from the original on March 23, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "County of Fresno - County Clerk Registrar of Voters - March 7, 2000 Presidential Primary Election". Fresno County Clerk/Registrar of Voters. April 4, 2000. Archived from the original on November 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "County of Fresno - County Clerk Registrar of Voters - November 7, 2000 Consolidated General Election". Fresno County Clerk/ Registrar of Voters. November 27, 2000. Archived from the original on November 9, 2010.
  7. ^ "County of Fresno - County Clerk Registrar of Voters - June 3, 2008 Statewide Direct Primary Election". Fresno County Clerk/Registrar of Voters. July 2, 2008. Archived from the original on November 9, 2010.
  8. ^ "County of Fresno - County Clerk Registrar of Voters - June 5, 2012 Presidential Primary Election". Fresno County Clerk/ Registrar of Voters. June 27, 2012. Archived from the original on December 20, 2012.
  9. ^ "RESULTS OF JUNE 7, 2016 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION". Fresno County. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  10. ^ "Election Summary Report Consolidated Presidential General Election Summary For Jurisdiction Wide, All Counters, All Races Fresno County Official Final Results". Fresno County. December 6, 2019. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ashley Swearengin
Mayor of Fresno
Succeeded by
Jerry Dyer
This page was last edited on 19 September 2020, at 22:34
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