SEPT. 26, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

A Candidatesí Fair, where voters will be able to hear local political candidates discuss their campaigns, register to vote and discuss issues, is scheduled at California State University, Bakersfield on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the CSUB Student Union. Simultaneous Spanish translations of candidate presentations on the podium will be available. Parking on the campus is free for this evening event.

The fair, sponsored by CSUB's Associated Students and Department of Political Science, the Center for Kern Political Education, the League of Women Voters, Univisionís KABE Channel 39 and KUVI Channel 45, and News Radio KGET AM 970 (Clear Channel Radio), will feature candidates from six area races. Information booths will be staffed by each candidate (or a member of their staff), the Kern Community College District (to discuss the bond issue), and the League of Women Voters, who will provide voter registration services and information on state initiatives. All told there will be at least 18 booths at the Candidatesí Fair.

Mark Martinez, political science professor at CSUB, said the Candidates' Fair will provide each local race with a 20-25 minute presentation time slot where candidates will make brief introductions and field questions from the audience. The event will be situated outdoors on the west side of the Student Union, where CSUB student clubs will be selling food and other items. ěThis 'one-stop-shoppingí format will be an excellent opportunity for people to acquaint themselves with the candidates and the issues,î Martinez said. ěI think people will find this to be an informative format to help them in their decision making.î

Races and candidates who will be appearing are:
 ď Kern County sheriff, Steve Perez and Mack Wimbish.
 ď 2nd Supervisorial District, Don Maben and Linda White.
ď 4th Supervisorial District, Tom Fallgatter and Ray Watson. Candidate Sam Ackerman has been invited to attend, but has not indicated whether he will be there, Martinez said.
ď 32nd Assembly District, Kevin McCarthy, Republican; and Michael Shea, Democrat.
 ď 30th Assembly District, Nicole Parra, Democrat; and Dean Gardner, Republican.
 ď 16th state Senate District, Dean Florez, Democrat; and Blair Knox, Republican.
 For more information about the Candidatesí Fair, please call the CSUB political science department at (661) 664-2141.