Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom made a campaign stop in Bakersfield Tuesday. Welcomed with thunderous applause, Newsom met with hundreds of supporters and held a get-out-the-vote rally at the Kern, Inyo, and Mono Labor Council.
The former San Francisco mayor and current lieutenant governor is running against San Diego Republican businessman John Cox. Newsom was in Kern County campaigning alongside democratic candidate for California’s 21st congressional district TJ Cox, and Melissa Hurtado, democratic candidate for California’s 14th state senate district.
At the rally, Newsom spoke about issues he’d prioritize if elected governor and he came with a message: go vote.
“We can end homelessness in the state of California. I assure you.That is possible,” Newsom exclaimed.
He later spoke about immigration
“27 percent of this state [is] foreign born; [California is] a universal state. Talk about this caravan. This is a state that’s brought in 112 thousand refugees in the last 15 years. This is a refugee state.”
He also addressed our nation’s leaders.
“The world is wondering what the hell is happening to the untied states of america. The biggest problem we have right now is what’s going on in Washington D.C.,” he passionately stated.
“The number one issue in the state is housing affordability,” he continued. “Cost of housing is the biggest issue I hear about everywhere I go. Number two is the issue of healthcare and it’s a related issue because it’s affordability and the anxiety people have around their healthcare. And homelessness. It’s no longer a coastal issue, [it is] increasingly [in the] inland parts of the state.”
T.J. Cox shared why he believes Newsom should be elected.
“Mr. Newsom knows that we can have an economy and an environment that works for all of us, that we’re the top,” Cox said. “We’re the 5th largest economy in the world. We’re leaders here in California, and we look to continue to become leaders in the future.”
But 17 news republican political analyst Cathy Abernathy shared a different sentiment, noting Newsom will not be a good governor for the Golden Empire.
“Gavin Newsom’s agenda is to destroy the economy of Kern County, including water for ag [sic],” Abernathy said. “He is such a fanatic on global warming. He thinks its biblical, and he’s the Moses bringing this message to us.”
Newsom promised, if elected, he’ll represent the Central Valley.
“We need an advocate for folks out here in Kern county and Bakersfield,” he said, adding “you are going to see a lot of me. Those that don’t believe that, that are rolling their eyes right now because they hear that every election, roll back this tape. I’m not going to be a meme, I’m not going to be that guy, I’m going to be back, I’m going to be representing and advocating for you.”
There was one heckler in the audience tonight. He was escorted out of the room peacefully. No arrests were made.
Today marks 7 days until election day.