Campaign funding reported

More candidate statements and forums available for public review

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Campaign  funding  reportedWith the Tuesday, Nov. 3, General Election less than a month away, information on local races continues to come before the public.

With 17 candidates seeking offices on four different government boards, those choosing to spend above the $2,000 have submitted records for the first reporting period, which closed Sept. 19.

According to City Clerk Ricca Charlon, only mayoral candidate Eric Bruen and City Council candidate Solomon Rajaratnam had filed.

Bruen has reported a total of $21,083 so far, and spent some $6,311.85.

Rajaratnam has reportedly raised $6,350 and spent $3,352.93.

According to a clerk from Kern County Elections Division, none of the candidates for Sierra Sands Unified School District or IWV Water District Board of Directors have reported fund-raising or spending above the $2,000 limit.

This week, the News Review has published highlights from interviews with all four candidates for mayor, which include Bruen, Lindsey Stephens, Christian West and Thomas Wiknich. (See Page 2).

Citizens are also continuing to endorse their favorite candidates by writing letters to the editor (See Page 4).

Candidate forums hosted by local agencies, who offered candidates seeking election to the Water Board and City Council an opportunity to share their platforms and positions, are now available for view on by searching “City of Ridgecrest” or at

KCED began sending mail-in ballots on Monday, Oct. 5. Voters can cast their ballots early by mailing them on or before Oct. 20 to ensure being counted by election day, or can bring their ballots to local polling places (times and places pending).

To become a poll worker, or to obtain any other information about elections, visit

Story First Published: 2020-10-09