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Democrat Amanda Renteria answers a question as part of a forum Feb. 20 at the Beale Memorial Library for candidates running for the 21st Congressional District. The forum also included Democrat John Hernandez and Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, who currently holds the seat.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named 21st Congressional District candidate Amanda Renteria to the "Red to Blue" program, her campaign announced Monday.

The program is designed to flow financial and logistical help to Democratic candidates in competitive races.

"We will work hard to earn every vote, and being part of the Red to Blue program will help us visit more homes, speak with more voters, and have the support and momentum to win in November and bring a strong voice for middle-class families to Washington," Renteria stated in a press release.

Renteria is running against fellow Democrat John Hernandez and incumbent Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford in the heavily Democratic and Latino district, which runs from southeast Bakersfield, Arvin and Lamont north along the west side of the San Joaquin Valley through Kings County and into Fresno County.

Assistant Treasurer-Tax Collector Jordan Kaufman filed his nomination papers Monday to run for the seat of his boss, Treasurer-Tax Collector Jackie Denney.

Denney is retiring in January, leaving the position open for whomever wins her seat in either the June primary or November general election.

The treasurer-tax collector is one of five county department heads elected to their offices.

All five positions are open this year.

So far Auditor-Controller Mary Bedard, District Attorney Lisa Green and Sheriff Donny Youngblood have all filed nomination papers to run for re-election.

Assessor Jim Fitch has taken out papers to run, but not returned them.

Nominations for office can be filed until Friday for races in which the incumbent is running. That deadline is extended to March 12 for races without an incumbent.

Assemblyman Rudy Salas , D-Bakersfield, said last week he's filed papers to run for a second two-year term representing the 32nd District.

He said he's already been endorsed by groups including the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, the Peace Officers Research Association of California, the Association of California State Supervisors, the Professional Engineers in California Government, and the California Association of Professional Scientists, as well as both Democratic and Republican local elected officials for his re-election.