From GVWire:

Speaking in support of Whelan, Mayor Lee Brand and Councilman Clint Olivier offered their full-throated support.

“I’m proud to be here to lend my support and enthusiastic endorsement,” Brand said to cheers. “He’s the perfect kind of candidate I need as an ally on the council to move my agenda forward to make Fresno a much better city.”

At Whelan’s well-crafted launch event, dozens of supporters stood behind the candidate. The supporters appeared to represent a broad spectrum of demographics. Fresno County Republican chairman Fred Vanderhoof attended the event, as well as former state party official and one-time District 7 candidate Marcelino Valdez Jr.

From CVObserver:

“Crime is something that is common to everyone in our district,” Whelan said. “As a councilman, I would be honored to support Mayor Brand and his vision to put a thousand policeman on the streets. But I realize that solving the problem is incumbent on us. The police can’t be everywhere.”

Whelan’s solution: A more robust Neighborhood Watch program throughout the district. Neighborhoods with lifeless programs would get new energy. Neighborhoods without programs would get onboard.