New campaign video shakes up city council race

Nance texted the video slamming Freeman to Ward 5 residents

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Ward Five city council race has already been a roller coaster ride. 

The District Attorney's Office weighed in on accusations of voter fraud and tax fraud a few weeks ago. And this weekend, Ryan Nance's campaign distributed a video his social media team labeled "Bruce Freeman Sex Scandal."

Nance, a carpenter and union leader who placed third in November's Ward 5 city council election, is not holding back this time around.

His team distributed the video via text message and social media this weekend.

The video asserts fellow city council candidate Bruce Freeman has too much baggage to be a council member and would be a liability.

The negative video references a decade-old wrongful termination lawsuit against Castle and Cooke Inc, the real estate developer then run by freeman. freeman was named as a defendant in the lawsuit among others.

In an interview today, Nance said the suit shows Freeman created an unhealthy culture in his business.

"I mean if you're running for a leadership position in our city, then people need to be aware of your leadership in the past," said Nance.  

He added this is not an example of dirty politics.

"Not at all this is public information, this is out there for the public. it was available to us it's available to anyone, we're simply having that discussion," explained Nance.

The video stamping the word "sex" on passages of the suit.

However a partial copy of the complaint provided by Nance's team, shows the sexually charged quotes in the video were not directly attributed to Freeman. 

Freeman argued the point in a response to the video provided to 17 news.

"Once again Mr. Nance is seeking headlines by throwing mud against the wall in the form of fake charges..." read the statement.

"The single complaint where i was named was dismissed summarily by a Kern County judge. The case was dropped," Freeman continued.

We are awaiting the complete court documents.

The third certified candidate in the race, Noel Pineo joined Freeman for a debate on Kern County In Depth this weekend with Jim Scott. 

Nance declined the terms of the KCID debate.

The special election to fill the late Jeff Tkac's Ward 5 council seat is June 6th.

Freeman's full statement:

"Once again, Mr. Nance is seeking headlines by throwing mud against the wall in the form of fake charges with no substance in fact. Perhaps it is his union financiers and union manager that are leading him to campaign in this manner, but he should check the facts first. Again in this ten-year-old suit against Castle & Cooke employees, the single complaint where I was named was dismissed summarily by a Kern County judge. The case was dropped. Nance has skipped every debate thus far and instead is running his campaign on fake charges just as his union did in their disastrous “Shame On” campaign targeting local businesses."



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