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BAKERSFIELD — Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, officially endorsed Assemblyman David Valadao Friday for Congress in the 21st Congressional District.

McCarthy is majority whip in the House of Representatives.

In February, Valadao achieved “contender” status in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Young Guns program, which identified promising candidates for funding and support. The “contender” status is the third of four steps in the program.

McCarthy and two other Republican congressmen created the “Young Guns” program to elect Republicans to the House.

Valle to hold rallies today

Kings County District 2 Supervisor Richard Valle is holding rallies in Corcoran and Avenal today to drum up support for his re-election bid.

The first “Rally for Valle” event is scheduled for Pirate Pizza in Corcoran from 11 a.m. to noon. The second is at the Avenal Cafe from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

A rally in Home Garden will be held April 21 from 5-6 p.m. at the home of Eugene Patterson at 11938 2nd Place.

Valle said he also plans to hold a rally in Kettleman City. No date have been set.

Go to http://on.fb.me/I9n7yp for Valle’s Facebook page and more information or email vallerf@yahoo.com.

Rios opens Hanford campaign office

HANFORD — Pedro Rios, a candidate for the 32nd Assembly District, opened his Kings County campaign office Thursday with a kickoff event at the Irwin Street Inn.

Rios is a former Delano city councilman and current business owner in Delano. He is renting office space in part of the inn property.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Rios at 661-474-1178 or pedro@pedrorios.org.

Please email political briefs a week prior to publication to election@HanfordSentinel.com.

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