Rubio, Grove take steps toward state offices

Rubio, Grove take steps toward state offices
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- A pair of prominent citizens took steps Thursday toward fulfilling their political aspirations.

Kern County Supervisor Michael Rubio turned in more than 3,000 signatures to the county elections department as he vies for the state Senate seat being vacated by Dean Florez, D-Shafter.

Rubio is the only Democrat to announce plans to run for the 16th District seat, which Florez is vacating because of term limits. Florez is running for lieutenant governor.

Meanwhile, businesswoman Shannon Grove announced plans to run for the California State Assembly. She pulled nomination papers Thursday for her run at the 32nd Assembly District seat being vacated by Jean Fuller, a fellow Republican.

Grove was a co-founder of Continental Labor Resources Inc.

Kern High School District Ken Mettler and Taft College Professor Harold Pease are also seeking the Republican nomination for the 32nd Assembly District seat.