Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez changes address, files for Senate

Decision comes after she was told she couldn't run

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez officially changed her residency and is intending to file for Senate today.

The decision comes just days after state election officials told Perez she couldn't run for Senator Michael Rubio's 16th district seat because she doesn't live in the district.

But last night, she released a statement with her intention to change that.

In the statement she said:

"All I want to do is play by the rules.  However, government makes it tough on citizens and business when they give conflicting opinions."

The change is expected to become official at 9 a.m.

The Governor issued the proclamation for a special general election to be held on July 23. The date of the special primary election is scheduled for May 21. 
 
According to the qualifications and requirements, residency of the district you are intending to run for is not mandatory. The rules said that every candidate should:
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be a registered voter and otherwise qualified to vote for that office at the time nomination papers are issued to the person. 
  • Not have been convicted of a felony involving accepting or giving, or offering to give, any bribe, the embezzlement of public money, extortion or theft of public money,  perjury, or conspiracy to commit any of those crimes. 
  • Not have served two terms in the State Senate since November 6, 1990. 
To read the full document on the qualifications and requirements needed to run for Member of the State Senate, 16th District Special Election, CLICK HERE.
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