Mary Barro

Mary Helen Barro

Congressman Kevin McCarthy has a new challenger for his 23rd District seat.

Bakersfield resident Mary Helen Barro has announced that she will be running against McCarthy as a candidate for the congressional district in the November mid-term election. Barro will run as a Democrat.

Barro has been a board member of many organizations over the past 30 years, including the League of Women Voters of Bakersfield, Democratic Women of Kern, Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Kern County Democratic Central Committee.

Bike Bakersfield will hold another Grease and Gears for Girls event on March 2.

The maintenance workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Bike Bakersfield, 1708 Chester Ave. The free event aims to encourage girls and women to become regular bicyclists and provide information on things like how to fix a flat tire, clean equipment and adjust your bike to fit your personal needs.

Participants can bring their own bikes or work on one of Bike Bakersfield’s. Light snacks will be provided.

For more information, call 321-9247.

Anita Hill will visit Bakersfield College next month to provide a presentation about inequality.

Hill, a professor of social policy, law and women's studies at Brandeis University, who accused U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Edward Simonsen Indoor Theater at the college, 1801 Panorama Dr.

Hill will speak about inequality in America today, focusing on topics such as sexual harassment and assault as well as gender, racial and economic gaps.

For more information, call the college at 395-4011.

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