Law firm requesting criminal charges against Supervisor David Couch, others over candidate Emilio Huerta residency challenge

Posted at 5:04 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 12:47:41-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The law firm of Rodriguez & Associates announced they are requesting the Kern County District Attorney's Office open a criminal investigation into Supervisor David Couch, among others, for allegedly filing illegal documents questioning the residency of 4th District supervisor candidate Emilio Huerta.

In a release sent Thursday, the firm called for the investigation to include Couch, Bakersfield Attorney Brandon Martin, Delano Mayor Joe Aguirre and Fernando Flores.

Documents filed with the Kern County Superior Court in January show Aguirre filed a petition to have Huerta's name taken off the ballot. According to the documents, Aguirre alleged Huerta did not live in the district.

In January 23ABC asked Huerta about the allegations. Huerta acknowledged he had a residence on Oleander Street in Bakersfield but his main residence remained on Belmont Street in Delano.

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On Jan. 14, Judge Eric Bradshaw denied Aguirre's writ of mandate.

A press conference is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Rodriguez & Associates on Truxtun Avenue.