Kern High School District Trustee Area 4

Retired teacher Jan Graves won this race by a wide margin on Tuesday.

Graves had 46.21 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting. Jennifer Pitcher, resource manager for Agriculture Capital, came in second with 27.65 percent while loan officer Bryan Colebrook was last with 26.14 percent.

The seat opened up this year after board president Phillip Peters pulled out of running for re-election despite initially filing papers with the Kern County Elections Office.

Peters told The Californian he decided not to run for re-election because he wanted to take advantage of a business opportunity that he would otherwise not have time for if he stayed on the board.

Kern High School District Trustee Area 1

Retired educator Cynthia Brakeman upset incumbent Mike Williams for the Area 1 seat.

Brakeman received 52.80 percent of the vote to Williams' 47.20 percent.

This is Brakeman’s first foray into public office, having retired in 2015 after 20 years as a teacher at Arvin High School. Williams has been on the KHSD board since 2010.

Kern Community College District Trustee Area 1

Incumbent Kyle Carter and recently retired Bakersfield College administrator Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg won the two seats up for grabs on the board.

Carter, who won a second term, picked up 31.42 percent of the vote. Gomez-Heitzeberg was second with 23.25 percent of the vote. She will replace outgoing trustee Bill Thomas.

Legal consultant Lorenzo Alvarez ranked third with 20.34 percent. Independent contractor Karen DeWalt had 17.20 percent of the vote, and retired electrician Jerry Melson was last with 7.78 percent.

Kern Community College District Trustee Area 2

Retired Naval officer Jack Connell seized a landslide win.

Connell earned 71.72 percent of the vote. The other candidate, test pilot instructor James Hinline III, had 28.28 percent.

Area 2 of the district covers a large portion of the eastern side of the district.

Bakersfield City School District Trustee Area 4

Russ Shuppert lost his seat on the board: His challenger, Michael Horne, won handily.

Horne received 55.07 percent of the vote. Shuppert, who was seeking to secure his first full term, had 44.93 percent. 

Shuppert was appointed to the board in 2017, filling the vacancy left by Andrae Gonzales, who left to become a city councilman. Besides being a board member, Shuppert is also a social science teacher and a testing and truancy coordinator at East Bakersfield High School.

Panama-Buena Vista Union School District Trustee Area 1

Incumbent Keith Wolaridge and educator Elynor Cherie Olgin nabbed the two seats up for grabs on the board.

Olgin led with 45.31 percent of the vote while Wolaridge received 37.32 percent. Komoto Medical Pharmacy Technician Amanda Low-Ken was a distant third with 17.37 percent of the vote. 

PBVUSD Measure H

The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District's bond measure passed with ease.

The $90 million measure received 59 percent of the vote. A 55 percent majority was needed to pass. 

The measure will pay for the construction of new schools, modernization of existing schools, safety upgrades and other projects. 

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