BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The Associated Press projects the incumbent Eleni Kounalakis (D) will move on to the race for Lieutenant Governor General of California.
Kounalakis’ opponent is still unknown, but Republican candidate Angela Underwood Jacobs was the second candidate to vote at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Kounalakis, with 52.4% of the vote, and Jacobs with 19.77% of the vote, currently occupy the top two places in Tuesday’s poll on Mohamed Arif (P&F)David Fennell (R), Jeffrey Highbear Morgan (D), William Cavett “Skee” Saacke (D), David Hillberg (NPP), Clint W. Saunders (R).
Kounalakis, originally elected lieutenant governor in 2019, was born in Sacramento. She graduated from Dartmouth College before earning an MBA from UC Berkeley. She was previously the United States Ambassador to Hungary.
Arif is a Bakersfield entrepreneur and Kern County Chairman of the Peace and Freedom Party. He and his wife immigrated from Punjab, India. He earned a master’s degree in economics from Hailey College of Commerce in Pakistan, according to Ballotpedia. Previously, Arif worked as an organizer and political worker.
Half Moon Bay-born Fennell is a Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist and entrepreneur, according to Ballotpedia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree in Asian studies from the Center for the Pacific Rim at the University of San Francisco. He also studied at the Beijing Institute of Languages in China, according to Ballotpedia.
Morgan was born in Santa Cruz, California. He received a bachelor’s degree from William Jessup University in 2018 and a graduate degree from Liberty University in 2020, according to Ballotpedia. H previously worked as Director of Cloud Professional Services.
Saacke was born in Torrance, California. He graduated from the University of California at Irvine in 1992 and Southwestern University School of Law in 1995 with a law degree. He has worked as an attorney in California and Nevada and a licensed real estate broker in California, according to Ballotpedia.
Hillberg is a former military officer. He was born in Inglewood, California and served in the US Army from 1977 to 1981, according to Ballotpedia. His previous occupations include FAA certified aircraft mechanic, actor, producer and director.
Saunders was born in St. Helena, Calif., according to Ballotpedia.
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