State Assemblymember Randy Voepel, whose Assembly district encompasses nearly half of the 5th Supervisor District, has endorsed Jerry Kern for San Diego County Supervisor.
"As a representative for back-country communities in the 5th District, it matters a great deal to me that my constituents receive the services they deserve. I know Jerry Kern will be an effective at representing these residents and ensuring the county provides the resources and services they need." - Assemblyman Randy Voepel
Randy Voepel was elected to the to represent the 71st Assembly District in November 2016 after serving as Mayor of Santee for 16 years. The 71st District covers approximately half of the 5th Supervisorial District and includes the communities of Warner Springs, Ranchita, and Borrego Springs.
In addition to the the endorsement of Assemblyman Randy Voepel, Kern has also received the endorsements of Assemblymember Rocky Chavez, State Senator Pat Bates, and Oceanside Councilmember Jack Feller.
Oceanside Councilmember Jack Feller has endorsed Jerry Kern for San Diego County Supervisor.
"I've had the chance to work with Jerry for several years on dozens of important issues in Oceanside. During that time, Jerry has consistently proven himself as an effective and committed public servant willing to do the hard work necessary to find solutions to our most pressing problems. I am proud to endorse him."
- Jack Feller
Feller was elected to the Oceanside City Council in 2000 and has been re-elected four times. He has been an Oceanside resident since 1987 with his wife of more than 40 years, Bunny.
In addition to the the endorsement of Oceanside Councilmember Jack Feller, Kern has also received the endorsements of Assemblymember Rocky Chavez and State Senator Pat Bates.
Assemblymember Rocky Chavez has endorsed Jerry Kern for San Diego County Supervisor.
"I have known and worked with Jerry Kern in North County for over a decade. he has proved to be admirable, diligent and always pursues the right path for North County and its citizens." - Asm. Rocky Chavez
Assemblymember Rocky Chávez began his public service career immediately after graduation from California State University, Chico when he joined the United States Marine Corps.Rocky was first elected on November 6, 2012 to represent the 76th Assembly District which includes Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside and Vista.
The endorsement of Assemblymember Rocky Chavez comes a week after Kern had announced the endorsement of State Senator Pat Bates.
OCEANSIDE - For more than 40 years, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) provided electrical power to our region. However, due to premature wear found on over 3,000 tubes in replacement steam generators, operators ultimately chose to permanently decommission the station.
While this decision was reached in the best interest of the more than 8 million people who live within 50 miles of the station, there still remains a lingering problem: finding safe and responsible ways to move the 3.55 million pounds of spent nuclear fuel out of the region.
As the San Diego County representative on the Community Engagement Panel (CEP) for the past three years, that’s exactly what Jerry Kern has focused on.
“I’ve been working hard with local stakeholders, elected officials, government agencies, and other relevant entities to build support behind the effort to get this nuclear waste away from our region,” said Kern. “While we’ve been able to build consensus behind a need to remove the fuel, the difficult part is finding a place to put it.
“We’ve been seeking a destination that’s not only far away from human populations, but also won’t harm the environment,”
The efforts to transfer the fuel have focused primarily on the federal government. Legislation that recently passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 (H.R. 3053), included significant language that would allow nuclear waste from the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) to be moved out of our community.
“We can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel on the nuclear waste problem. However, over the years, I have come to realize that when the Federal Government sees light at the end of the tunnel it often orders more tunnel,” Kern says. “We cannot let his happen; too much effort has been put into coming up with a viable solution on this issue.”
The federal government has been exploring the option of bringing back the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. Beyond that are sites located in New Mexico and West Texas that are safe and secure.
“I’ve been focused on this issue as an Oceanside Councilmember and I’ll continue to do so if elected as County Supervisor. North County residents have a significant stake in the outcome of this process, and they deserve an advocate,” concluded Kern.
Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates has endorsed Jerry Kern for San Diego County Supervisor.
"Jerry Kern has not only dedicated himself to improving his own city, but has been a committed advocate for this entire region. As a Supervisor, I know he'll be an effective representative for North County constituents and will work tirelessly to ensure the entire district has the services and resources its residents deserve."
- Senator Pat Bates
Senator Pat Bates represents California's 36th Senate District, which includes the District 5 cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside. On April 12, 2017, she became the Senate Republican Leader and is the second woman to lead a party caucus in the Senate’s history – Democrat or Republican.
It’s full speed ahead now as the quest to become the next San Diego County District 5 Supervisor is officially underway. Steve Marcotte was there for my campaign kick-off and you can read more about it in his article “Jerry Kern Kicks Off Bid for County Supervisor Seat.”