County candidates certified for June primary

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Races for two judicial offices, district attorney and sheriff will be among the items that appear on the June primary ballot now that Kern County Elections Division has officially certified candidates in the local races.

Incumbent Donny Youngblood will be facing challenger Justin Fleeman in the race for Kern County Sheriff.

With District Attorney Lisa Green declining to seek re-election, deputies Cynthia Zimmer and Scott Spielman will be campaigning for office.

Contested Superior Court judgeships include Office 10, pursued by candidates Brandon Martin and Chad Louie, and Office 14, where incumbent John Fielder faces Cole McKnight.

The secretary of state’s office is expected to certify other candidates by March 29, reporting back to the county sometime after that.

Those races include 23rd Congressional District, where incumbent Kevin McCarthy faces opposition from Mary Barro, James Davis, Tatiana Matta, Wendy Reed and Kurtis Wilson; 16th State Senatorial District, sought by Shannon Grove, Ruth Musser-Lopez and Gregory Tatum; and 34th Assembly District, where incumbent Vince Fong will face Nicholas Nicita.

Although the offices of assessor-recorder (Jon Lifquist), auditor-controller-clerk (Mary Bedard), treasurer-tax collector (Jordan Kaufman) and superintendent of schools (Mary Barlow) are uncontested, elections officials acknowledged that the items will still appear on the ballot to allow for write-in candidates.

Candidates who secure 50-plus-1 percent of the vote in the primary will be sworn into office. In the races where neither candidate earns a majority of votes, those items will re-appear on the November general ballot.

The News Review is soliciting input from local candidates, and will be publishing campaign profiles in the weeks leading up to the June election.

Story First Published: 2018-03-23