Politics

Weeks after exit, Bakersfield homeless czar Gill launches challenge to McCarthy

Louis Gill, the 21-year chief of Bakersfield’s Homeless Center and Alliance Against Family Violence, has already found his second act.

He’s running against House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R–Bakersfield) in 2022.

The nonprofit exec departed from Bethany Services – the nonprofit responsible for operated Bakersfield’s largest private homelessness agency and domestic violence facility – in late September.

He announced his candidacy to challenge McCarthy in a campaign ad released Tuesday.

Gill, a Democrat, attacked McCarthy as a “D.C. insider” who was “more focused on his own political ambition” and “forgot where he came from.”

McCarthy, who is leading House Republicans’ efforts to recapture the majority in the lower chamber in 2022, has amassed a hefty war chest, a review of Federal Elections Commission fundraising reports.

He currently faces two other Democrats beyond Gill – Bakersfield teacher Marisa Wood and actor Bruno Amato.

Reid Stone is a contributing reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun.