Then-Assemblywoman Shannon Grove rides in the 2016 Veterans Day parade in Bakersfield.

Casey Christie / Californian file

Former Bakersfield Assemblywoman Shannon Grove is officially kicking off her state Senate campaign with an event at the Kern County Fairgrounds Thursday night.

The event is also being billed as a thank you to Grove, who represented the 34th Assembly District for six years before being termed out. She was replaced by Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield.

Grove is now running to succeed state Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, in the 16th Senate District, which includes much of Bakersfield. That election is in November 2018. Former Assemblywoman Connie Conway, R-Tulare, is also running for the seat, so this could be one of the marquis local contests of this election cycle.

Grove reported this week her campaign raised $84,765 in 2016 for the state Senate contest and had $271,343 on hand Dec. 31. Conway has not filed her end-of-the-year campaign finance report; it's not due until next week.

Conway's most recent campaign finance filing, covering April 24 to June 30, 2016, shows she had $109,635 on hand at the end of that period.

Grove's event is being held at 6:30 p.m. at the Kern County Fairgrounds Building One, 322 East Belle Terrace.

Conway, also a former Tulare County supervisor who was born in Bakersfield, will hold a fundraiser in Sacramento next week. She intends to have one in Tulare County at the end of February and one in Kern County in mid-March.

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Vote Blue in 2016......this republican Swamp Creature needs to go


Naive, to say the least

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