Forums, endorsements and statements, oh my!

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Forums, endorsements and statements, oh my!With more than a month before voters choose who they will support for local offices in the November General Election, set for Tuesday, Nov. 3, the spotlight on our candidates is already burning bright.

Candidate forums for contenders on IWV Water District Board of Directors, Ridgecrest Mayor and City Council closed out this week. All 14 candidates in three races turned out for the event, hosted by the IWV Economic Development Corp., Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors and Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce.

The 90-minute proceedings of each forum can be viewed online at Uso0pgxA (search “City of Ridgecrest” on

Individuals have already begun writing Letters to the Editor in support of their favorite candidates. See Page 4 for endorsements, as well as our election-season guidelines.

Last week, the News Review published a spotlight on candidates for the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education. Statements for Darrell Eddins Sr., William Farris amd Michael Scott are still available at (under “politics”.)

This week, on Page 2, we continue our candidate statements for contenders on the Ridgecrest City Council.

We will publish statements from candidates for Ridgecrest Mayor (including Eric Bruen, Lindsey Stephens, Christian West and Thomas Wiknich) on Friday, Oct. 9. Candidates for IWV Water District Board of Directors (Mallory Boyd, Chuck Cordell, Andrew Guetzkow, Chuck Griffin and Ron Kicinski) will be featured on Friday, Oct. 16.

Don’t forget — Kern County Elections Division will mail out ballots on Monday, Oct. 5. The deadline for guaranteed delivery of mail-in ballots by Election Day is Oct. 20.

To become a poll worker, or to obtain any other information about elections, visit

Pictured: A volunteer with the “When We All Vote” movement will be at the RC Farmer’s Market Saturday morning, from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Ridgecrest Cinemas, to help local voters register for the November General Election. — Photo by Rebecca Neipp

Story First Published: 2020-10-02