Nelson’s successful tenure as a Fresno City Councilmember has included many initiatives that focus on economically redeveloping and revitalizing District 7 neighborhoods. Among these are:
- Securing a $345 million infrastructure investment into the Blackstone Corridor & Downtown Fresno over the next 50 years through creation of the Fresno EIFD.
- Capping and reducing the liquor store saturation in our communities through the Responsible Neighborhood Market Act.
- Reforming and overhauling the Code Enforcement Division to be more effective in cleaning up Fresno neighborhoods.
- Capturing a greater share of road repaving dollars for District 7 (see the new First Street between McKinley Ave and Olive Ave).
Nelson is dedicated to continuing his efforts at City Hall on behalf of District 7 residents, in order to have an even greater impact in our community.
Councilmember Esparza continues to teach economics at Fresno City College, where he educates many of Fresno’s future business leaders each semester. His commitment to our community is reflected in his dedication to ensuring Fresno continues to have an educated workforce for decades to come. Prior to serving on the Fresno City Council, Nelson served Central and South Fresno as their elected representative on the Fresno County Board of Education. Additionally, Nelson is an active volunteer in our community, working with organizations that serve our youth and move Fresno forward.
Councilmember Esparza is a committed public servant born and raised in the Central Valley. He earned his Master’s degree in Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Riverside. He believes that our community has a proud history of opportunity and perseverance- and will always look out for his middle-class and working-class neighbors who are the foundation of what makes Fresno such a special place to live.