To the Editor: Accuses Peters of political deception

Stimulating healthy dialog about our fragile and partisan local political system is not always easy. Admittedly, I am someone who recently ran for public office in Kern County. That experience introduced me to many of the pronounced deficiencies in our local political arrangements.

Sadly, what I found was systemic deception and overt partisanship as common threads contributing to the decay of our county.

To my current point, I needn’t look much further than the Kern County 1st District Supervisor race to see more examples of deceit and favoritism being foisted upon potential voters.

It appears current Supervisor Mick Gleason and candidate Phillip Peters have hatched a ruse that calls for the use of a lofty-sounding fictitious title designed to compensate for Peters’ lack of experience.

Gleason and Peters have fabricated the impressive sounding job title of “district director.”

Peters has even gone so far as to list the seeming fabricated title on his Kern County Qualified Candidate List with Occupations Statement. It’s a title that can be found nowhere in the available list of County Job Descriptions and Salaries.

Was our elected County Clerk Mary Bedard unaware of this deception?

Bedard has an obligation to the people of Kern County and should instruct Peters to obtain a Writ of Mandamus and stop deceiving voters. She can rectify this if Peters is unwilling.

How many endorsements has Peters received based on this false title? Two elected officials endorsing Peters misspelled his first name after claiming to know him, one claimed, “all his life.”

What else has Peters fabricated? Who else does he owe? Where does the media stand on blatant deception?

Kern County needs one honest, compassionate, confident politician with integrity — a candidate who has a proven pattern of performance and a record of service to their community.

I hope the News Review validates this information and shares this with the voters.

Here are some links to assist with your research. I am hopeful that political cronyism has not penetrated this news agency.

Phillip Peters is simply a Field Representative II. This classification is a flex series that goes from 1 to 5. Evidence (website links):

• Kern County Qualified Candidate List with occupations (that will be listed on the ballot) found at www.kernvote.com/ElectionInformation/CurrentElectionInformation/ElectionFile?ElectionID=102&ResourceName=Candidate_List.pdf&ResourceType=pdf on page 8.

• Transparent California Website showing his current position/job title: https://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/search/?q=phillip+peters&y=

Kern County Job Descriptions and Salaries (no District Director): www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kernco/classspecs?keywords=field%20representative

Justin Fleeman

Story First Published: 2020-01-10