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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Couch wins supervisor race

  • Bakersfield city councilman gets nearly 57 percent of vote. Measure C apparently barely passes

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  • David Couch is going to represent the Westside on the Kern County Board of Supervisors, and it looks like the Taft City School District is going to be able to modernize Lincoln School.
    Couch a financial advertiser and Bakersfield city councilman, defeated retired oil industry attorney Harley Pinson in the race to replace Ray Watson as Fourth District supervisor.
    With 80 of 80 precincts reporting, Couch has 10,511 votes (56.86 percent) to Pinson's total of 7,860 (42.52 percent).
    Couch will be seated in November after the general election.
    The TCSD bond, Measure C, needed 55 percent of the vote to pass and by Wednesday morning, it had barely got enough.
    Measure C received 983 yes votes (55.44) percent to 790 no votes (44.56 percent).
    Measure C is the district second reconstruction and modernization bond in the past decade.
    Supporters of the bond say the money will be used to  upgrade and modernize Lincoln School, which was not part of the previous modernization.
    Air conditioning systems will also be purchased to replace old swamp coolers at some of the district campuses.
     

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