Roy Charles Keenan, candidate for mayor of Bakersfield.

Twenty-five people — yes, 25 — are running for mayor of Bakersfield. To help voters choose among them, The Californian is running candidate profiles based on questionnaires sent to them.

You can read all the profiles we’ve published at

Name: Roy Charles Keenan

Age: 47

Website: None

Occupation/Employer: Jeweler and silversmith at Don Lucas Silver Jewelry and Keenan Silver Jewelry

Time in Bakersfield: 45 years

Political offices held/sought: None

Board memberships/community

Pastor Ron Vietti, right , was the moderator as candidates for the mayor of Bakersfield gathered at the Valley Bible Fellowship church for a mayoral forum.

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