Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle officially kicked off his campaign for reelection over the weekend. The announcement came at his home in Corcoran and was attended by family and friends. The event included several guest speakers who officially endorsed the candidate.
Among his supporters was Mary Gomez, a Corcoran resident who serves on the Kings County Board of Education. She said Valle has given a voice to the communities he represents, including Corcoran, Kettleman City, Avenal and Home Garden, a region in south Hanford.
“He is an experienced leader we can trust to be an advocate for tough issues,” said Gomez. “He has a proven track record on water and jobs.”
He also received the endorsement of the Kings County firefighters. His son, Kobe, read a letter from the association’s president, Brandon Jones, who stated that they thanked Valle for his dedication and support to public safety.
“Specifically, we appreciated the great support you have shown to the firefighters of Kings County in regards to our safety concerns with single-staffed stations and outdated for engines,” said Jones. “You have shown great leadership and dedication to your district and the county as a whole. You are not afraid to ask the tough questions and make a stand for what you think is right for the constituents of Kings County,”
Sheriff Dave Robinson also joined in the public
safety support for Valle.
Valle expressed his thanks for the years of support he has received and his pride in the work they have accomplished together, while noting there is still much work to be done.
“There is no room for anything less than total commitment right now as we are in the fight of our lives for our fair share of water. We need water for hope and for jobs,” said Valle. “As a Marine, I swore to defend our homeland. I want to work just as hard as a supervisor as I did as a Marine.”
Valle has already served two terms as supervisor for District II. Local endorsements have come from councilmen Ray Lerma and Sid Palmerin, as well as Erik Hansen. He also received endorsements from each of the other areas in the county he represents.