Delano councilman withdraws name from candidacy for newly reworked 4th District supervisor’s seat

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UPDATE, 3 p.m.: Less than six hours after announcing his intent to run, Delano City Council member Joe Aguirre has withdrawn his candidacy for Kern County District 4 supervisor.

The news conference scheduled for 4 p.m. to officially announce that candidacy has been canceled, and Aguirre has no intention to run, the councilman said in an email.

After reviewing his options with senior leadership in the county, it was in his best interest to withhold his name from the candidacy at this time, Aguirre said in a followup phone interview.

Original Story 11:40 a.m.:

With the recent change to supervisorial districts across Kern County, a new contender is throwing his hat into the ring to represent the newly created fourth district. 

Delano City Council member Joe Aguirre will announce his candidacy for the district at a news conference scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release. 

Following a multi-year lawsuit by the Mexican American Legal and Educational Defense Fund, a federal judge ruled the previous district boundaries violated the Voting Rights Act, forcing Kern County to redraw districts. 

District 4, currently represented by Supervisor David Couch, received the biggest change, losing the city of Taft and picking up large Latino cities including Arvin, Delano, McFarland, and Shafter. 

The lawsuit settlement also secured that District 4 will be up for re-election this year, instead of the previously planned re-election in 2020. 

In addition to serving on Delano’s city council, Aguirre is also employed as the Director of Facilities and Emergency Management for Delano Regional Medical Center, and has worked for several public service organizations since 1988, according to the city of Delano’s website. 

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