Candidates campaigned across the Golden Empire in one final push before Election Day Thursday. Hopefuls for local and statewide offices were among the candidates making last-minute stops in Kern County Monday. Their message: go vote.
Yes on prop six supporters gathered at the Valero gas station at the intersection of Fruitvale Ave. and Norris Rd Thursday morning. Their message: repeal the 12 cent gas tax increase passed by the legislature in 2017.
“It may be 12 cents right now, but in the future, what could it be? It could be another 12 cents,” said Matt Stockton with the Yes on 6 Campaign. “It adds up over time. The average family in our research. The average family, they have two cars and what they’re paying at the store shelf and everything, it’s about 800 dollars. So it’s about Christmas to them.”
On Thursday afternoon, State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon was one of a handful of legislators in town stumping for Bakersfield Democrat Assemblyman Rudy Salas. Salas is in a tight race against Republican Hanford Councilman Justin Mendes.
“This election is about making a difference in our communities, making a difference for our families,” Salas, who previously served on the Bakersfield City Council, said. “With the help of the speaker and my colleagues, we’ve been able to do that, we’ve been able to deliver for the valley,” he added.
Speaker Rendon shared a similar sentiment.
“Ultimately all elections are local and they’re about local issues,” the Democrat assemblyman from Long Beach said. “I think Rudy’s story about what he’s been able to accomplish here in Bakersfield is a compelling story. I want to make sure people understand that.”
Over the weekend, Republican Gubernatorial candidate, John Cox, stopped in Bakersfield during his state-wide bus tour. Cox is running against democrat former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
“We need change,” Cox said on Saturday. “I represent change. My opponent is the status quo. That’s the stark, simple difference between us.”
The candidates said they’ll continue canvassing until the very last minute when the polls close.
Today marks one day until election day.