Why I’m Running
My 21 years of community service have all been dedicated to the families and communities of Bakersfield and Kern County. My goal has always been to continue to serve this same community — my community — here at home. That’s why I’m running to represent you as the Kern County Supervisor from District 3.
As CEO of both the Bakersfield Homeless Center and the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, I partnered with private businesses, public agencies, and community leaders to focus resources on getting people off the streets and into permanent jobs and housing. I saw firsthand how important it is to have responsive leaders who are dedicated to tackling important local issues.
If elected to serve on the Kern County Board of Supervisors, I will focus on alleviating homelessness, promoting public safety, protecting good-paying local jobs, maintaining a quality county workforce, and ensuring access to county services. I will apply common-sense solutions to these issues and work to improve the quality of life for Kern County families. I look forward to bringing my passion for service to our race for Supervisor.
Louis Gill dedicated his career to serving the people of Kern County. As the CEO of a local nonprofit for over 20 years, he worked with Kern County government and private industry to provide housing and services for homeless families, survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Louis has helped over 7,200 households in our community find or keep their homes, become gainfully employed, and build a better life.
He also knows what it takes to run and grow a business in Kern County. Under Louis’ leadership, the nonprofit grew tenfold, creating jobs and becoming the largest service provider to homeless single women, families and survivors of domestic violence in the county. They operate three emergency shelters with 240 beds, multiple permanent housing placement programs, supportive services, and clinical care.
Louis’ extraordinary work in Kern County has not gone unnoticed. In 2013, Louis received the distinction of a Senate appointment to the State of California Domestic Violence Advisory Council. Louis also serves on California State University, Bakersfield’s Department of Social Work Advisory Board.
Perhaps his greatest role is that of husband and father. Louis has been married to Kate Gill for 25 years. Together, they raised 23-year-old Nolan, and twin 21-year-old daughters, Kiera and Bridget. They live in their home of 11 years in Bakersfield with their dogs, Fred and Gerty.
Rudy Salas, California Assemblyman, District 32
Andrae Gonzales, Bakersfield City Councilmember, Ward 2
Eric Arias, Bakersfield City Councilmember, Ward 1
Xochitl Garcia, Kern County Planning Commissioner (former) and Business Owner
Derek Robinson, Retired Captain, Kern County Fire Department
Bill Walker, Retired Director, Kern County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services
Kathleen Irvine, Retired Director, Kern County Department of Human Services
Jeff Heinle, Retired Captain, Bakersfield Fire Department
David Anderson, Owner/Financial Adviser, Moneywise
Wayne Deats, Mayor of Taft (former) and President, Deats Properties
Michael Lopez, Owner, Michael Gilbert Lopez, Inc.
Morgan Clayton, President, Tel-Tec Security
Monique Rogers, Entrepreneur
H.A. Sala, Attorney and Business Owner
Jeanine Kraybill, Phd, Associate Professor of Political Science, CSUB
Dr. Michael Burroughs, Associate Professor of Philosophy, CSUB
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
Kern County Firefighters Union IAFF 1301
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 428
Service Employees International Union Local 521
United Domestic Workers AFSCME Local 3930
Plumbers and Pipefitters UA 460
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12
Kern, Inyo and Mono Counties Central Labor Council