4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

A chip off Faulconer’s donor

Spud grower kicks in $32,400 as partner posts $25,000 domestic violence bail

Katherine Kirschenmann
Katherine Kirschenmann

A Bakersfield-based potato magnate has kicked in $32,400 to the putative California gubernatorial campaign of ex-San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, bringing fresh attention to domestic violence allegations bought against his partner and fellow San Joaquin Valley tater king.

Jason Davenport, a Republican high-roller and president of Allied Potato, Inc., who made his contribution to Faulconer's cause on March 1, started the company back in 2007. Two years later, he was joined in the firm by fellow potato grower and packer Brian Kirschenmann, per Allied Potato's website.

Jason Davenport

"Since Davenport and Kirschenmann partnered in 2009, the company has expanded to its current state of growing and shipping about several thousand acres of potatoes—most of them for the chip market—in California, Washington, Oregon and Colorado, and today is perhaps the most prolific exporter of U.S. potatoes," says a 2019 profile of the pair by PotatoGrower.com.

"I think exporting potatoes is one of the most challenging things you can do," Davenport is quoted as saying. "Not everyone succeeds at it. We enjoy the challenge, the successes, and the mistakes. You learn through the mistakes, and it makes you better."

The pair have long been donors to GOP causes, with Davenport coming up with a total of $61,400 for national campaigns over the last two years, including $2800 to Trump for President last August 18, $6350 to the Trump-aligned Great America Committee in May and July, and $11,400 for the WinRed committee of the Republican National Committee.

Kirschenmann has similarly supported GOP campaigns, including those of Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy, with $19,000, California Victory 2018, $25,000, and Take Back the House 2020 with $5600, for a total of $86,200. In October 2016, He and his wife Katie threw a lavish fundraiser at their downtown Bakersfield mansion for state Assembly Republican Vince Fong.

Brian Kirschenmann

Both Davenport and Kirschenmann are high-profile in the potato business, with Davenport a member of the boardof Potatoes, USA a marketing group.

"Davenport has been married to his wife, Nichole, for 20 years. They have two sons, Brayden (age 19) and Trennyn (age 15), and two daughters, Kaitlyn (age 17) and Ashlyn (age 10). He enjoys basketball, snow skiing, wakeboarding, travel, golf, and flying," says an April 2016 account by industry trade outlet Spudman.

In October 2018, Kirschenmann was named by Trump Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to the Department of Agriculture's Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee at the behest of GOP House member McCarthy, reported Bakersfield.com.

McCarthy, along with fellow House Republicans Devin Nunes and David Valadao, "signed a letter sent to Perdue last May in support of Kirschenmann's nomination. They noted the veteran grower is a recognized leader in his field, and not only serves on the Kern County Farm Bureau's board of directors but is also chairman of the California Potato Research Advisory Board."

Last month, Bakersfield T.V. station KGET reported that Kirschenmann was freed on $25,000 bail after pleading not guilty to charges of assaulting Katie in the wake of a nasty divorce case.

"According to a police report, Katherine Kirschenmann, 45, told police Kirschenmann shoved her during an argument September 22 in their home in Bakersfield's Westchester neighborhood," per the T.V. station’s report.

"Katherine Kirschenmann told police she fell backward and struck her head on a hardwood floor. She was treated at the scene for a cut, but a doctor later told her she had suffered a concussion, she told police."

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Is Normal Heights' Orchid complex ugly or cool?

13 one-bedroom apartments on Adams and 36th
Katherine Kirschenmann
Katherine Kirschenmann

A Bakersfield-based potato magnate has kicked in $32,400 to the putative California gubernatorial campaign of ex-San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, bringing fresh attention to domestic violence allegations bought against his partner and fellow San Joaquin Valley tater king.

Jason Davenport, a Republican high-roller and president of Allied Potato, Inc., who made his contribution to Faulconer's cause on March 1, started the company back in 2007. Two years later, he was joined in the firm by fellow potato grower and packer Brian Kirschenmann, per Allied Potato's website.

Jason Davenport

"Since Davenport and Kirschenmann partnered in 2009, the company has expanded to its current state of growing and shipping about several thousand acres of potatoes—most of them for the chip market—in California, Washington, Oregon and Colorado, and today is perhaps the most prolific exporter of U.S. potatoes," says a 2019 profile of the pair by PotatoGrower.com.

"I think exporting potatoes is one of the most challenging things you can do," Davenport is quoted as saying. "Not everyone succeeds at it. We enjoy the challenge, the successes, and the mistakes. You learn through the mistakes, and it makes you better."

The pair have long been donors to GOP causes, with Davenport coming up with a total of $61,400 for national campaigns over the last two years, including $2800 to Trump for President last August 18, $6350 to the Trump-aligned Great America Committee in May and July, and $11,400 for the WinRed committee of the Republican National Committee.

Kirschenmann has similarly supported GOP campaigns, including those of Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy, with $19,000, California Victory 2018, $25,000, and Take Back the House 2020 with $5600, for a total of $86,200. In October 2016, He and his wife Katie threw a lavish fundraiser at their downtown Bakersfield mansion for state Assembly Republican Vince Fong.

Brian Kirschenmann

Both Davenport and Kirschenmann are high-profile in the potato business, with Davenport a member of the boardof Potatoes, USA a marketing group.

"Davenport has been married to his wife, Nichole, for 20 years. They have two sons, Brayden (age 19) and Trennyn (age 15), and two daughters, Kaitlyn (age 17) and Ashlyn (age 10). He enjoys basketball, snow skiing, wakeboarding, travel, golf, and flying," says an April 2016 account by industry trade outlet Spudman.

In October 2018, Kirschenmann was named by Trump Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to the Department of Agriculture's Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee at the behest of GOP House member McCarthy, reported Bakersfield.com.

McCarthy, along with fellow House Republicans Devin Nunes and David Valadao, "signed a letter sent to Perdue last May in support of Kirschenmann's nomination. They noted the veteran grower is a recognized leader in his field, and not only serves on the Kern County Farm Bureau's board of directors but is also chairman of the California Potato Research Advisory Board."

Last month, Bakersfield T.V. station KGET reported that Kirschenmann was freed on $25,000 bail after pleading not guilty to charges of assaulting Katie in the wake of a nasty divorce case.

"According to a police report, Katherine Kirschenmann, 45, told police Kirschenmann shoved her during an argument September 22 in their home in Bakersfield's Westchester neighborhood," per the T.V. station’s report.

"Katherine Kirschenmann told police she fell backward and struck her head on a hardwood floor. She was treated at the scene for a cut, but a doctor later told her she had suffered a concussion, she told police."

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

The man behind the Mills Act

Next Article

Oceanside police gently push homeless out of tents

“I knew you since you were a teenager”
Comments
1

Probably potato-magnate Kirschenmann is sorry for pushing his wife around after getting that bad publicity and wonders if his former political pals will still take his calls. I'd bet not, but those handsome ambitious GOP Kevins will always take his money.

March 25, 2021

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close