BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - All five candidates for the 16th district Senate seat sounded off in their first debate Monday night at the Bakersfield Marriott.
Democrat Leticia Perez said she would raise minimum wage to $9.25, not raise taxes, and better serve the people who are currently in her supervisor's district from the state level.
Republican Andy Vidak said he is against the high speed rail, would bring jobs to Kern County, and help regulate government spending.
Both Perez and Vidak attacked each other's fundraising, saying that they each accepted large financial donations from people outside of the district.
The special election is slated for May 21.