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In October, Roy Ashburn announced endorsements from law enforcement leaders. Standing with Ashburn during his press conference at the Liberty Bell were Todd Dickson, Marc Haiung, Todd Dearmore and Brian Ronan.

Kern County supervisor hopeful Roy Ashburn announced Thursday the endorsement of city of Bakersfield and county of Kern law enforcement leaders.

He said former District Attorney Ed Jagels supports his campaign.

The leaders of three county and one city law enforcement union joined him at the stage in front of Kern County Superior Court to announce their support.

All the groups said that, as the communities of Kern County struggle with rising crime as the state releases thousands of low-level prisoners into county jails and the streets of the county's cities, Ashburn's experience as a supervisor, assemblyman and state senator will be critical.

Todd Dickson, president of the 300-member Bakersfield Police Officers Association, said the group interviewed Ashburn about issues critical to the group and "Roy had a grasp and a good understanding of those issues. Roy was the only person qualified for the position."

Joining Bakersfield police in endorsing Ashburn were the Kern Law Enforcement Association, which represents 500 deputy sheriffs, the 300-member Kern County Detention Officers Association and the Kern County Probation Officers Association, representing 350.

Ashburn is running against Mick Gleason, former commanding officer at China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station.