Local candidates continue campaigning days ahead of elections

Posted at 6:12 PM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 21:12:23-04

Campaigning continues Friday night, as local candidates running for state office reach out to voters with just days to go.

It's the weekend before election day and Vince Fong showed us his campaign headquarters.

He said they had no plans of slowing down.

"We have yard signs that we're giving out, we have t-shirts, we have literature that we're giving out," said Fong.

He is the Republican candidate running for State Assembly, representing the 34th District, which encompasses Bakersfield, Bear Valley Springs, Oildale, Maricopa, Ridgecrest, Taft and Tehachapi.

 "The things that are being done nationally are being undone by the decisions made in Sacramento," said Fong.

He was born and raised in Bakersfield, going to Sandrini Elementary, Thompson Junior High and West High School.

Fong has also worked as District Director for Congressman and House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, for 10 years.

"I've been his liaison and I've been working on all the policy issues facing Kern County on the federal level," he said.

If elected, Fong said there are four main issues he wants to tackle in Sacramento.

"Water, improving the business climate, providing more educational opportunities and crime."

His opponent, is 18-year-old Democrat, Perrin Swanlund.

We've been reaching out to him most of this week. So far, we haven't heard anything from his campaign. 

But according to his website, Swanlund lists 12 issues he's concerned about.

In June, he posted a Youtube video briefly talking about three of those issues.

"Together we can solve our water crisis, overhaul our prison system and revolutionize our healthcare system," said Swanlund in the video.

In the meantime, Fong is going full force with just days until election day.

"Regardless of your political affiliation, while I'm a conservative, I will fight for our community because this is the community that I love and this is the community that I live in."