Kevin Oliver declares candidacy for Bakersfield City Council Ward 5 seat

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kevin Oliver, a Bakersfield real estate broker, declared his candidacy for the Ward 5 seat on the Bakersfield City Council on Thursday.

He described himself as a dedicated community advocate with a strong commitment to public service.

“I’ve been a county commissioner as well as a city commissioner for a number of years, so I’ve seen the intricacies of both city and county,” Oliver told 17 News.

“I know that right now, we have a lot of issues with our homeless. I’m a real estate broker, and there’s many, many times when we walk into homes, we find people that have broken into these homes — it’s become dangerous. And the crime in our city, we need to fight crime. We need to give police tools to be able to do that, and that’s a lot the reason why I’m running.”

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Bruce Freeman currently holds the holds the Ward 5 city council seat, which includes nearly 35,000 registered voters and covers parts of southwest Bakersfield, including from Brimhall Road to Taft Highway and from South Allen Road to Ashe Road.

17 News has reached out to Freeman, but has not yet heard back for this report.

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