HANFORD — As election races heat up, candidates running for the 32nd Assembly District have received endorsements from public safety officials.
Assemblyman Rudy Salas
Salas has received the endorsement from Kings County Sheriff Dave Robinson for his re-election to the 32nd Assembly District.
"Rudy Salas has proven he will stand up for the Valley. Assemblyman Salas brought millions of dollars for safety improvements in Kings County,” Robinson said in a press release. “I support Rudy because he actively works to make our neighborhoods safer for our families and our kids and I know I can count on him to be there for us."
“I am honored by Sheriff Robinson's continued support,” Salas said. "Sheriff Robinson and I have successfully partnered to make the Valley a safer place to live for our families. I look forward to continuing our work together in making a difference."
Robinson joins a list of other law enforcement entities to endorse Salas, including the California Police Chiefs Association, California Association of Highway Patrolmen, Peace Officers Research Association of California, Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, California Correctional Peace Officers Association and California Statewide Law Enforcement Association.
Candidate Mendes has received the endorsement of the Hanford Police Officer’s Association.
“Over the last couple of years, we feel that the Central Valley, especially Kings County has been forgotten when decisions and laws are passed throughout the state,” said Chris Barker, president of the Hanford Police Officers’ Association. “We trust that Justin Mendes will be the voice we need to change the direction of our great state and move it in the right direction.”
In a press release, Mendes said he has worked closely with the Hanford Police Department for the last three years as a Hanford City councilman.
"I'm proud to have earned the endorsement of the Hanford Police Officers' Association,” Mendes said. “As a city councilman, public safety has always been a top priority, and I've enjoyed working collaboratively to meet my hometown's needs."
The 32nd Assembly District is comprised of part of the city of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.