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Senate hopeful Perez stumps in Fresno, picks up more support

State Senate candidate Leticia Perez continues to pick up key support in the Fresno area, the most populous part of the 16th Senate District — and where she’s far less known than in her hometown of Bakersfield.

A number of small city mayors in Fresno County announced their endorsement of the Kern County Democrat at a press event in downtown Fresno today, including Parlier Mayor Armando Lopez, Fowler Mayor David Cardenas and Mendota Mayor Robert Silva.

State Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, and Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle also officially jumped on her campaign train.

Perez is the top Democrat in what’s essentially a two-person race for the seat vacated by Bakersfield Democrat Michael Rubio. Hanford Republican Andy Vidak is also in the running. The special election is May 21.

Perez picked the bipartisan issue of water to discuss this afternoon, pledging to ensure adequate supplies for Valley farmers and posing for photos with her supporters in front of an irrigation canal.

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