Bakersfield Mayoral candidates campaigning all day ahead of elections

Holding strong in the final stretch
Posted at 4:02 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 20:29:03-05

It's the night before election day and for the first time in 15 years, Bakersfield residents will choose a new mayor.

Election day is tomorrow and Bakersfield mayoral candidate, Karen Goh, said she's giving it her all during the final stretch.

"We are going door-to-door, walking precincts and just encouraging people, get out and vote," she said.

Both Goh and her opponent, Kyle Carter, starting their day at 5 a.m., competing in a fundraiser benefiting the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County.

"My father actually had Alzheimer's. We actually used their services and their wonderful people," said Kyle Carter.

Both candidates pushing to get as many votes as possible as they try to become Bakersfield's next mayor.

Goh said she's the most qualified candidate for the job.

"My depth of experience in having Fortune 500 business experience sets me apart from my opponent, government experience and being responsible to the tax payer for a $2.5 billion budget serving on various public service commissions," she said.

23ABC reached out to Carter throughout the day, but have yet to hear back.

But we spoke to him in June, asking him why he was the better choice for voters.

"I've done a lot of different projects that were very difficult and very demanding and that's what we need. we need someone that can get in and figure out how to do these things," said Carter in June.

Out of a field of 25 candidates going into the June primary, Goh and Carter emerged as the top two contenders.

But tomorrow will be the biggest day, determining who will come out on top.

"We want to encourage all our voters out there to let their voice be heard. get out and vote," said Goh.

Polls open Tuesday morning at 7 a.m.