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Youngblood, Fleeman In Contentious Race For Kern County Sheriff

On June 5, Kern voters will put their voices where their ballots are and either decide to reelect incumbent Sheriff Donny Youngblood for a fourth term or award the duty to Justin Fleeman, a Senior Chief Deputy for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. FM 89’s Christina Lopez reports. Bakersfield — Last week, a group of about 70 people gathered at Bakersfield College for the “Meet Your Candidates” Public Forum. The two-hour event was sponsored by a coalition of nonprofits including Faith in the Valley, Lideres Campesinas, Building Healthy Communities, and the A.C.L.U. Southern California. The forum focused on topics like police accountability, department budgets, immigration, and gun violence. Those on stage included both candidates for district attorney, Scott Spielman and Cynthia Zimmer, as well as Sheriff’s candidate Chief Deputy Justin Fleeman. “I want to have an open door policy so anybody in the immigrant community can come and talk to me and discuss issues that are affecting them,”

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