Politics

Bakersfield doc Bains cruising over Perez for newly-vacant Bakersfield Assembly seat

An intra-party battle between two Democrats in Kern County has put a sitting Kern County Supervisor on the outs in her quest for state office.

Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez has only picked up 41.1 percent of the vote for Assembly District 35. 

Her opponent, Bakersfield doctor Jasmeet Bains, is dominating the race with 58.9 percent of the vote. 

With nearly 20,000 votes counted as of Wednesday afternoon, Bains holds a lead of over 3,000 votes. 

Barring a shocking development with the mail in ballots that stream in over the coming weeks, Bains should be heading to Sacramento.

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.