Fred Van Soelen says he won’t seek third term

CNJ staff

Fred Van Soelen announced Tuesday he will not seek a third term in March.

“When I first ran for office in 2004,” Van Soelen said in a release, “I had a three-part platform: Improving pay for our police and firefighters, improving our parks, and improving our streets. I believe that the city has made great strides in all of these areas since 2004.”

Van Soelen noted during his term, the city commission put forth a step-pay plan for firefighters and an increase in police pay, a refinancing of a parks bond to start a parks improvement plan and street paving project to prioritize street projects in each district.

Van Soelen, an attorney, won a close three-way race in 2004, taking 285 votes over Len Vohs (248) and incumbent Gloria Wicker (245). He held on for re-election in 2008, defeating Ben McDaniel 604-442.

No one else has announced an intention to run for the seat.

The filing date is January 10.

The March 6 election includes the mayor’s race, four commission races, and a ballot question to change the city charter to bar dual service on the Clovis City and Curry County commissions.