Bakersfield · Politics

Perez rules out 2024 reelection as Supervisor, hinting toward Assembly bid

Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez will not run for reelection when her term ends in 2024.

She mentioned to her fellow supervisors during a meeting on Tuesday she does not plan to seek a fourth term for the seat she has held since 2012. The moment passed quickly, without further comment from either Perez or her colleagues.

The news comes amid widespread speculation that Perez intends to run for Assembly District 32, which is currently occupied by Asm. Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield). In August, Perez said she would make a decision on running for the state Assembly if Salas announced his intent to seek a seat in Congress and after the maps for Assembly districts were redrawn.

Well, Salas officially filed to run against Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) for the 21st Congressional District last week. But, the redistricting process for the state Assembly has yet to be completed.

“It’s still undetermined whether or not she is going to seek election for AD-32, but she does want to wait for the lines to be settled,” said Perez’s field representative, Christian Romo. “That should be settled in about a month. She’s going to make a decision in the next month.”

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.