Veteran Republican state lawmaker Shannon Grove of Bakersfield dropped a political bombshell on Wednesday morning.
Grove says she will run for state Senate re-election in a Bakersfield-Fresno seat that could pit her versus another sitting Republican senator, Andreas Borgeas of Fresno.
In the new electoral lines, Senate District 16 — currently represented by Grove — would shutter eastern Kern County and a large swath of San Bernardino County in favor of Bakersfield pointing north. The new SD 16 picks up Porterville and parts of Tulare County as well as Kings County.
“I will be running in SD 12,” Grove told GV Wire in a text message.
Senate District 12 is the newly-drawn adjacent district, which includes parts of Bakersfield, wrapping north along Tulare County, and making a westward turn to include Clovis and north Fresno. Several of those communities are in SD…