Dolores Huerta has endorsed Delano Mayor Grace Vallejo in her bid to become the Kern County Supervisor for the 4th District, Vallejo announced Thursday.
"Dolores Huerta's support means so much to me and my campaign," Vallejo said in a statement. "I have always admired her advocacy on behalf of farmworkers, working people, youth, and seniors."
Vallejo, a Democrat, is challenging incumbent Republican David Couch in the Nov. 6 election. Democrat Jose Gonzalez is also in the race.
Candidate bicycles into town
Secretary of State candidate Mark Meuser rides into town later today. The Republican's statewide campaign bicycle tour is planned to cover 5,000 miles — that's 100 rallies in California's 58 counties — and Thursday was Bakersfield's day.
The tour concludes in Huntington Beach on Aug. 23.
The candidate, who is trying to unseat Democrat Alex Padilla, was scheduled to be at Colorful Strokes California, an arts and crafts workshop, 1811 Oak St., suite 160, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Smith seeking reelection
Bob Smith has made it official: As expected, he will seek a third term as Ward 4 representative to the Bakersfield City Council. The city clerk has certified his candidacy, he announced Wednesday.
Smith, a civil engineer, was first elected in 2012.
Two fellow members of the City Council have already announced their intention to run again.
Chris Parlier will seek a second term as the city's Ward 7 representative and Ken Weir will run for a third term as the city's Ward 3 representative.
Vidak's funding advantage
State Sen. Andy Vidak's war chest in the 14th Senate District election is looking fat these days: The incumbent has $684,045 cash-on-hand as of the most recent June 30 campaign financial statement, he announced Thursday.
Secretary of State financial reports show that Vidak’s opponent, Sanger City Councilwoman Melissa Hurtado, has $7,223 cash-on-hand.
California's 14th Senate District includes all or portions of Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties.