Kern Law Enforcement Association endorsed Kyle Carter for Bakersfield mayor

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 20:22:00-04

The Kern Law Enforcement Association has announced its endorsement of Kyle Carter for Mayor of Bakersfield.

Read the full statement here:

"The largest representative of law enforcement in Kern County has endorsed businessman Kyle Carter for Mayor of Bakersfield. The Kern Law Enforcement Association (KLEA) chose the home-builder for his business experience, support for public safety and ability to impact the community's economy for the better.

"Kyle Carter continues the successful tradition of having a business owner who supports law enforcement at the helm of one of the state's largest cities," said Sergeant David Kessler, President of the Kern Law Enforcement Association. "In the current environment where law enforcement officers are being targeted for assassination while carrying out their sworn duty to protect the public, it's more important than ever to have elected officials who 'get it' and who understand what the cops on the street are sacrificing in order to keep our community safe."

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 1,439 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty in the past 10 years. That is an average of one death every 61 hours, or 144 officers killed per year.

Carter plans to tackle this issue by reinforcing our police force, which has done a great job with limited resources. When elected mayor, Carter will work to obtain federal and state funding to give our law enforcement the boost it needs. Other key issues that he'll tackle include: homelessness, economic development, making government more accessible and cleaning our streets.

After working 40 years as a home-builder and businessman, as well as co-finding the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame, Carter is familiar with the idea of hard work. This is evident with his laundry list of groups he has taken part in and shows that he cares about the well-being of his community.

The Kern Law Enforcement Association encourages citizens to choose Kyle Carter for Mayor of Bakersfield in this November's election."