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Is Perez’s Fresno visit part of any plan for a Vidak Senate rematch?

All five Fresno County supervisors were on hand this week for board Chair Henry R. Perea’s state-of-the county breakfast speech.

Interestingly, another supervisor was present — Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez.

Leticia Perez

So what brought the Bakersfield Democrat 110 miles to the north?
There was some speculation that she’s already gearing up for a second state Senate battle against Hanford Republican Andy Vidak.

Earlier this year, Vidak beat Perez in the battle to fill the 16th District state Senate seat vacated by Michael Rubio.

But Vidak is only filling Rubio’s current term, which is up next year. So he’ll immediately face a re-election battle, only in the newly created 14th state Senate district.

“We would love to see her run again in 2014,” Fresno County Young Democrats Chairman Matt Rogers said.

A few other names have been rumored, but so far nobody has stepped forward and Perez is still the most prominent potential Vidak challenger.

But Perez said her visit had nothing to do with campaigning or exploring a Vidak rematch. When asked why she was in Fresno, Perez replied: “Visiting the city I have fallen in love with and reconnecting with old friends.”


Jesse C. Gonzales says:

Leticia’s biggest problem is making commitments she cannot keep. This proved to be dangerous. During her last campaign she was invited to make several appearances in several communities in the Central Valley. The people came out for her and really wanted to hear her position on several issues of great concern to them. She neither showed up nor did she send anyone to deliver a message of why she would not be attending. I am an analyst in the Central Valley who was trying to hold it together for Leticia. Sadly, I had to eat my words when she did not show or at least send word as to why she wouldn’t. I still believe that we need people like her in office. But she needs a more grass roots approach at outreach. God knows we already have enough politicians who don’t back up what they say.

Mary Sanchez says:

Rematch, rematch, rematch! This time go door to door, learn from the Obama campaigns, study it and you will win. Go to your people and let them know what you will do for them, get them registered now! You can do it, I will be praying for you.

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