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Supervisor Couch Delivers 2019 State of the County Address
Supervisor Couch DeliversState of the County AddressJanuary, 2015
Sal Moretti is a retired City of Bakersfield Superintendent, a veteran (Captain, USAF), with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, Saint Louis. Currently, he is Co-Chair of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative and also writes regularly for the Bakersfield Californian.
Mariela Gomez, a recent graduate of CSU Bakersfield, brings years of leadership experience to Team Couch. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2018 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
As a first-generation college student and daughter of migrant field workers, she truly values the educational programs and involvement opportunities that she encounters. Mariela’s academic career along with her participation in the neighborhoods of Arvin, Lamont, and Bakersfield fuels her passion for student advocacy and representing marginalized communities. Her ultimate goal is to continue advocating for issues that deeply affect the Central Valley and hopes to one day draft a policy that will make higher education more accessible, affordable, and equitable.
Zachary Wakefield is a current CSU Bakersfield undergraduate student and is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Agriculture Business.
He brings experience from working as an Intern for California State Senator, Andy Vidak for the past two years. He interacts with his district representatives and is very active within the community, from attending award ceremonies, grand openings, and tabling, to advocating on the constituents behalf. He plans to share his wealth of experience and knowledge to Team Couch.
Zachary has spent 22 years of life in the central valley and hopes to continue serving his communities to advocate on their behalf and make District 4 an area for everyone to thrive in.
Art has been a city councilmember, city Mayor, served on the Kern Economic Opportunities Commission, chaired the redevelopment Agency, and been on the Kern County Council and Government. Art served on St. Mary’s School Board of Trustees, Delano Joint Union High School District’s Board of Trustees, Bakersfield College Delano Campus Advisory Board, and Kern County Superintendent Advisory Council. He is currently Delano Joint Union High School District Board of Trustee, Board Member of the State-Wide Latino School Board Association, Board member of the Delano Mosquito Abatement District.
Art also devotes a great deal of time to volunteer organizations. He has been a member of the Community Alliance since 1992. He been active in the Delano Babe Ruth Association and has served as president for several year. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Constituent Service Specialist
Mark is a retired teacher in the Arvin School District for 33 years. Mark served on the Bakersfield City Council for 19 years representing the residents of Ward 7. Mark previously worked for Supervisor David Couch, as well as former Supervisor Michael Rubio. Mark is a passionate advocate for the people of Kern County and is tenacious in his pursuit of making government work for the people.
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