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Perez leaning toward 2022 bid for Kern Co. Assembly seat

The political dominoes of Kern County are beginning to tumble with Supervisor Leticia Perez joining the line-up.

Friday, Perez confirmed to Kern County outlets that she would take the plunge for the legislative seat currently held by Asm. Rudy Salas (D–Bakersfield), assuming Salas attempts a challenge of Rep. David Valadao (R–Hanford).

Thursday, The Sun reported confirmation from Kern and Kings County Democratic sources that Salas would announce a challenge in the near future.

Salas and his campaign remain tight-lipped about his potential moves in the upcoming election cycle, merely telling KGET he will make a decision on the bid in “the next couple of weeks.”

Salas has one more term left before being limited by California law from seeking his Assembly seat.

Perez’s current term on the Kern County Supervisors runs until 2024.

Kern County, a general law county in California, has its vacancies on the Board of Supervisors appointed by the Governor of California rather than via special election or appointment of the board.

Thus, Perez’s potential vacancy would be filled by the Governor after the 2022 election.

Reid Stone is a contributing reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun.