Wasco Vice Mayor Garcia kicks off challenge to Couch for Kern Co. Supervisor

The Wasco Vice Mayor is kicking off a bid against a Supervisor who has deftly dispatched with two previous challengers. He, also, isn’t without controversy.

Wasco Vice Mayor Alex Garcia announced his candidacy for the Kern County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. 

Garcia will challenge David Couch in District 4, a district that has been the target of Democrats for several years and multiple redistrictings. 


Driving the news: Garcia has served on the Wasco City Council since 2016 and also works as a realtor with eXp Realty. 

  • Along with his experience on the city council, Garcia has served on the boards of Kern Health Systems, the Kern Economic Development Corporation and the Kern Council of Governments. 
  • His time has not been without controversy, however. Two years ago Garcia pleaded no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving, causing his colleagues on the council to oust him as Wasco Mayor, although he remained on the council. 

The backstory: Couch has served on the Kern County Board of Supervisors since 2013, facing multiple challenges to his district since. 

  • In 2016, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund sued the county over its district lines that were drawn in 2011, arguing that the distribution of Latino voters was illegal. 
  • The lawsuit forced Kern County to redraw its lines, which made Couch’s district the county’s second Latino-majority district. 
  • Couch has won reelection twice despite the new lines. 

What they’re saying: In his announcement, Garcia said it is time for a change in Kern County, promising to lead the way to a brighter future with stronger communities, good jobs and secure streets. 

  • “I firmly believe that Kern County can become a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive,” Garcia said in a statement. “To achieve this, we must invest in our neighborhoods, support our small businesses and ensure that every resident has access to affordable housing, quality healthcare and good-paying jobs. As your county supervisor, I will be a tireless advocate for the people of Kern County and their neighborhoods, championing their aspirations and needs.”
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